Meg Ahern has worked in independent school admissions for over a decade. Most recently, she has served as the Director of Admission and Financial Aid at Morristown Beard School since 2013. In this role, Mrs. Ahern designed and maintained a seamless admissions process for families, including scheduling and managing prospective student visits, conducting parent interviews, and ensuring timely responses and strong communication with applicant families providing a personal touch. Mrs. Ahern’s leadership and support have led to successful admission events and the expansion of the Morristown Beard Parent Ambassador program. Mrs. Ahern spearheaded the entire financial aid process, including managing a $4 million financial aid budget and leading the Financial Aid Committee in granting awards to families who demonstrate need.
Committed to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB), Mrs. Ahern has critically aligned the processing of additional funding for items such as books, transportation, school events, trips, and other items necessary for an inclusive school experience. In addition to her teaching and administrative leadership responsibilities, Mrs. Ahern enjoys playing an active role in all aspects of school life. To that end, she has served on the Strategic Plan Committee, Curriculum Development Committee, Marketing and DEIB Committees, mentoring new faculty and staff, and acting as a club advisor for a group of middle school students.
Before working at Morristown Beard, Mrs. Ahern was the Associate Director of Admission at Oak Knoll. There she was an integral part of the admissions efforts for kindergarten through sixth grade for five years. Meg is also a primary school educator at heart, and taught second and fifth grades at Oak Knoll for six years earlier in her career.
More broadly, Mrs. Ahern is actively involved with the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools (NJAIS) as a member of the Admissions Officers Steering Committee and has served as a team member on an NJAIS accreditation team.
Mrs. Ahern earned her bachelor of arts degree in elementary education and English from Kean University and her master of arts in education, focusing on Human Services Leadership in Administration and Education from the University of Saint Elizabeth.
Mrs. Ahern is thrilled to become a member of the Far Hills community and bring her leadership, expertise, vision, and care to the Director of Admission and Enrollment Management position and Senior Leadership Team.