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Dr. Jenifer L. Blair

Director of College Counseling & Advising

(843) 383-3900 x3984

Educational Background

  • Ed.D. Higher Education Administration, University of Virginia
  • M.Ed. Foundations of Education, University of Virginia
  • B.A. Economics, University of Mary Washington (VA)

How long have you worked at GSSM?

Since January, 2016 as the Director of College Counseling & Advising.

How long have you worked in academia?

I have worked in college/university enrollment management and admissions for more than 30 years in VA and MD. My most recent position in higher education was Dean/VP of Enrollment Management. I also spent 5 years as a director of college counseling at an all-boys college prep school in Baltimore, MD.

Tell us what you love about working at GSSM.

I enjoy working with GSSM's talented, motivated students, the committed faculty and staff, and in a community that values the individual. Hartsville also provides great small-town living!

Are you a member of any professional organizations?

In 2018-2019, I served as president of the Rotary Club of Hartsville. Our Rotary Club supports GSSM students by sponsoring a student to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards weekend in June. I have served as president of the Potomac and Chesapeake Assn. for College Admission Counseling (PCACAC), president of the Virginia Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (VACRAO) and held leadership roles in the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). I received PCACAC's Apperson Award for contributions to the association in 2014.

Please list and describe any personal information you would like to share.

I am originally from Baltimore, MD but have spent most of my career working in Virginia. I enjoy reading, hiking, swimming, tennis, travel. I was a synchronized swimmer in college. France is my favorite country to visit and I am conversant in the language. I enjoy participating in community service projects.

What would your students be surprised to learn about you?

I restored a pre-civil war house in the Church Hill neighborhood in Richmond, VA.

What is your perfect pizza?

White pizza with feta, fresh tomatoes and baby shrimp.

Who would be invited to your fantasy dinner party (living or deceased) and why?

Eleanor Roosevelt, Oprah and Coco Chanel. All influential women in the 20th century who made a difference in the world.

What's your favorite quote?

"Life is not about finding yourself; life is about creating yourself." - George Bernard Shaw

Anything else you'd like to tell us?

The Jaycees and Rotary have been an important part of my life. I enjoy roadtrips around SC on the weekends, and supporting events in Hartsville!