Far Hills Country Day School (Far Hills) announced Meg Ahern will be the school's Director of Admission and Enrollment Management for the 2023–24 school year.
“The process of securing a successor was an important one,” said Georgia S. Zaiser, Far Hills Country Day School Head of School. “As a result, we secured the services of Eckert Education Group to lead our search, which yielded a pool of candidates nationwide. We are delighted to announce a knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and local candidate stood out. Schools are first and foremost about people, and I am confident that Meg will serve the Far Hills Country Day School’s Mission and build on our tradition of excellence. I know the community shares my excitement and optimism as we move forward.”
“My role as an educator and admission professional is to help guide families as they discover a school that is right for their child and their family as a whole,” said Meg Ahern, Far Hills Country Day School Director of Admission and Enrollment Management. “I’m thrilled to bring my experience and expertise to Far Hills Country Day School, whose mission, warm and welcoming community, and commitment to the child’s learning and development are at the forefront of everything the school does.”
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, 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. Ahern’s leadership and support have led to successful admission events and the expansion of the Morristown Beard Parent Ambassador program. 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 providing an inclusive school experience, 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 for all students. In addition to her teaching and administrative leadership responsibilities, 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, 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. Ahern 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, 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.
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.