Laurel Baker Tew
Laurel Baker Tew is the Chief Enrollment Officer and Director of Admission and Financial Aid at her alma mater, Viewpoint School, one of the largest K-12 independent day schools in California, with an enrollment of 1,215 students and an operating budget of nearly $50 million. Viewpoint provides an outstanding college preparatory curriculum on a state-of-the-art, 40-acre campus in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains. She is a former President of Viewpoint’s Alumni Association.
Prior to Viewpoint, Laurel worked for 19 years in positions of successive responsibility at the University of Southern California’s Office of Admission, beginning as an Admission Officer and culminating as USC’s Director of Admission. During her last three years at USC, she became deeply involved in supporting the work of the Directors of USC’s first international offices in Hong Kong, Taipei, Seoul, and Jakarta.
One of Laurel’s most influential mentors was the late Joe Allen, USC’s charismatic former Vice Provost for Enrollment, a nationally known and respected figure in university admissions, and a crucial force behind USC’s spectacular climb to the upper tier of American research universities.
In 2014, Laurel was appointed to the Board of Directors of The Enrollment Management Association, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement and support of independent school enrollment professionals. She chairs the Board’s Governance Committee and serves on the Executive Committee.
Laurel is a past Trustee of both Viewpoint School and The Wesley School, a K-8 school for which she and her husband were among the group of founders. She is a member of the selection committee for the Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship program of the Institute for Educational Advancement, and presents nationally to Heads, Boards, and Admission Directors on the topics of enrollment management and enrollment sustainability threats.
Laurel holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in French from USC, from where she graduated magna cum laude, and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.