President, Ian Symmonds and Associates
Thought-leader, strategist, author, speaker, and consultant - these are just a few of the roles that Ian Symmonds enjoys. Ian is the visionary president and founder of Ian Symmonds & Associates Inc. Over the past seven years, Ian has served over 160 independent schools, colleges, universities, and non-profit organizations through enrollment, marketing, branding, and strategy counsel.
Long before a consultant, however, Ian was a practitioner. His professional practice as a senior officer, executive director, and dean spans nearly two decades including Pacific University, Culver-Stockton College, Saint Mary's Hall, and Trinity University. He is one of the few highly successful enrollment and marketing professionals in the nation experienced in recruiting and retaining independent school students, traditional undergraduates, and graduate and adult students. He led dramatic enrollment turnarounds for three different private institutions during this career.
Ian has published in numerous professional journals, such as the Journal of College Admission (NACAC) and On Target (College Board), and has presented at just about every national and regional conferences. He holds a BS and MS degree from Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. He is in high demand as a conference speaker at regional and national venues.
Ian consults on several projects each quarter, speaks and writes frequently on behalf of ISA, and also manages the overall ISA brand and company. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Lisa, daughters Makayla and Jules, and Rajah and Rhani, his loving and irreverent labs. In his spare time, he is an avid tournament tennis player and enjoys exploring the beauty of the Northwest.