Barbara Conner Director of the Admission Visit Experience & Lombardo Welcome Center

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B.A.:  Political Economics, Sweet Briar College

MEd.: Social Foundations of Education, University of Virginia


Barbara Conner grew up as an Army Brat and moved eleven times from birth through college graduation. Having lived all over the world, she is excited to make Lancaster her new home as she assumes her new role as Director of Recruitment. She already loves exploring the Central Market and has attended a few programs and concerts in the region!

Barbara is a graduate of Sweet Briar College, BA in Political Economics as well as the University of Virginia, where she earned her MEd. in Social Foundations of Education.

Prior to working at F&M, Barbara spent twelve years as Director of College Counseling at Foxcroft School in Middleburg, Virginia and before that served as College and Career Center Specialist at West Potomac High School (Fairfax County Public Schools) in Alexandria, Virginia.

Barbara is active in a number of professional organizations including NACAC, PACAC, PCACAC, NEACAC and is a frequent speaker on topics related to college admission and ethical practices in college admission. She created the Five First-Choice Colleges approach which reduces stress and improves outcomes in the college admission process, which was featured in the Journal of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (Spring 2015).

Barbara loves spending time with family. Her daughter, Maggie, lives with her family in Richmond, Virginia and Barbara’s son, Kit, lives in New Hampshire with his amazing St. Bernard/Boxer-cross, named Pilot! Barbara enjoys live music and has attended hundreds of concerts. She looks forward to exploring all the area has to offer!

What does being a Diplomat mean to you?

Holding more than one idea in your head at the same time. Being able to think about important world issues while doing things locally to support those ideals. On our campus, it means students can be chemists and dancers, poets and environmental researchers. Being a Diplomat means delving into meaningful things and taking that newfound knowledge out into the world in powerful ways.

What is your favorite spot on campus?

My favorite spot on campus is the Shad-Fack Library. As an avid reader, I love wandering through the stacks to find an intriguing next read. I also love the Spark Lab and it's fun to see the variety of projects students and faculty are working on!

What is your favorite part about Lancaster?

My favorite place is Central Market. The incredible variety of local items - from honey and cheeses to fresh vegetables and gourmet sandwiches - and speciality teas and coffees - makes it a special place to be!