Deirdre A. Ling

About Deirdre

After twenty-five years in higher education as Dean of Admissions, Assistant Chancellor, and Vice Chancellor for University Relations and Development at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Deirdre Ling transitioned into independent secondary education as the Head of Middlesex School in Concord, MA, a position she held for thirteen years. Deirdre taught English and Women’s Studies throughout her career in higher education and independent education.

Deirdre holds a B.A. cum laude in Philosophy from the University of Rochester, an M.A. from the University of Rhode Island, and a Ph.D. from Tufts University, both in English. She was a Klingenstein Visiting Fellow and a Christian A. Johnson Fellow. She has served on the boards of hospitals, museums not-for-profits, and independent schools, including Falmouth Academy and Fay School, both in Massachusetts.

Deirdre joined EC in 2003. In addition to head searches, Deirdre has assisted schools with senior administrative searches, strategic planning, governance and Admissions and Development audits.

Professional Experience

  • Educators’ Collaborative, Partner, 2003 – present
  • Middlesex School, MA; Head of School, 1990 – 2003
  • University of Massachusetts at Amherst; Vice Chancellor for University Relations and Development, 1983 – 1990; Assistant Chancellor, 1982 – 1983; Dean of Academic Support Services, 1981 – 1982; Dean of Admissions, 1979 – 1981; Director of Freshman Admissions, 1978 – 1979
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook; Assistant Director of Admissions, 1974 – 1978
  • Western Michigan University; Admissions Counselor, 1973 – 1974

Education

  • University of Rochester, B.A. Philosophy, cum laude, 1965
  • University of Rhode Island, M.A., English, 1968
  • Tufts University, Teaching Assistant, Ph.D. English, 1976
  • Klingenstein Visiting Fellow, Teachers College, Columbia University, 1996

Professional Affiliations

  • The Louis August Jonas Foundation, 2009 – 2014
  • Headmaster’s Association, 1993 – present
  • Head Mistresses Association of the East, 1990 – present
  • National Association of Principals of Schools for Girls, 1990 – present
  • Falmouth Academy; Board of Trustees; 2003 – 2009
  • Fay School; Board of Trustees; 2003 – 2009
  • Council for the Advancement and Support of Education; Board of Trustees; 1993 – 2003
  • Educational Records Bureau, Board of Trustees, 1996 – 2003
  • Emerson Hospital, Board of Trustees, 1996 – 2003
  • NEASC, Commission on Independent Schools, 1994 – 1995
  • AISNE, Board of Trustees, 1992 – 1995
  • The Martha’s Vineyard Museum, Board of Directors, 2007 – 2010
  • The College Board, 1983 – 1987