Admissions Exodus: Stanford & HBS Admissions Directors Latest to Leave Posts
In between the Round 1 and 2 deadlines, two major admissions directors in the MBA space have announced this week that they’re moving on: Kirsten Moss of Stanford GSB and Chad Losee of Harvard Business School.
Moss, whose professional history spans leadership coaching, consulting, admissions and more, has held the role of Assistant Dean of MBA Admissions & Financial Aid at Stanford GSB for the last five years. She shared in the email announcement to the Stanford community, “Over the last few years, the classes that have joined Stanford have had record highs in the percentage of women, under-represented minorities, international, and first-generation students, while also posting record highs GPAs and test scores. I am grateful to have been surrounded by such incredible colleagues as we worked together through significant challenges including the COVID-19 pandemic and intensifying racial and political division. Now, more than ever, Stanford GSB’s efforts to develop leaders who can solve these complex challenges, matters. I can’t wait to see the positive change our graduates will create in the world.” Moss will remain at Stanford until the end of 2022.
In a personal update to the HBS Director from the Director blog, Losee announced he has accepted a position to serve as head of strategy in the Provost’s Office at Yale University, starting in January 2023. He wrote, “I will always be grateful to have been admitted to and subsequently transformed by HBS, first as a student and now as a member of the team… I will be at HBS through Round 1 and the end of the calendar year. In the new year, my experienced and dedicated colleagues will continue supporting you as the search for my replacement unfolds. Rest assured, the admissions and financial aid processes and criteria will remain the same during this interim period.”
Moss and Losee are not the first senior admissions staff to leave their positions this year. Here’s a list of admissions reps that have sought different roles recently:
- Amanda Carlson of Columbia Business School
- Diana Economy of Michigan Ross
- Kelly Wilson of Carnegie Mellon Tepper
- Lisa Rios of NYU Stern
- Peter Johnson of Berkeley Haas
- Soojin Kwon of Michigan Ross
Clear Admit Co-founder Graham Richmond comments, “It feels a bit like the ‘great resignation’ has rippled through the world of MBA admissions. To think of the amount of industry knowledge we are collectively losing with the departure of these veterans is kind of astounding. They will all be sorely missed as colleagues. At the same time, I know they have left an amazing new group of colleagues at their institutions, who will certainly take the reins and continue to help future waves of business school candidates.”
The Clear Admit team wishes everyone the best as they embark on the next step in their professional journeys.