Consultant Profile: Christie St-John

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With over 25 years of experience in MBA and graduate school admissions and career counseling at Vanderbilt University and Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business,      Dr. St-John has a wide knowledge of graduate and professional school admissions.
Dr. Christie St-John has a B.A. from Jacksonville University in Florida and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. Her work, studies, and interest in cultural diversity have taken her all over the world, thus far to 78 countries. Professionally, she has worked in commercial real estate lending, marketing, editing, and in the energy sector in the US and in France and Monaco.

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Christie’s career in higher education began at Vanderbilt University as a Fellow in the Master Teaching Center, then as Director of International Relations and adjunct faculty at Vanderbilt University, followed by 10 years in MBA admissions at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, then back to Vanderbilt as Director of MBA Recruiting & Admissions. She served on the Board of Directors of the MBA Career Services Council and the Consortium for Graduate Studies in Management, and was the university liaison with Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), the Forte Foundation for Women, the Service Academy Career Conference, and Military MBA.

And on a more personal note...

“My fun time is spent with my dogs, Sam and Chai, painting or metal-smithing, reading voraciously, and trying out new recipes on my unsuspecting friends. Since moving to Florida, I decided to take up golf again because I love being outside. I am also a fanatical ice hockey fan.

“How did I get into international study, admissions and higher ed?

"After a career in various industries, I moved to France to connect with my mother’s family there. It was an eye-opening experience, and I discovered so many new things and ways of thinking. When I came back to the US, I went back to school for a Ph.D. in languages because I knew that I was happiest in an academic atmosphere. I planned on teaching in university but was recruited to run international relations and recruiting at Vanderbilt’s graduate business school. That was the changing point in my career. I could still teach but also travel, recruit, connect with new people all over the world.

“What I have enjoyed most in my 25 years in higher ed and admissions has been working with students – watching them grow, learn and succeed in their careers. You might think that after all these years and thousands of students, the job would be routine, but no. Each candidate is an individual, and each one needs different guidance and advice.

“No matter how many applications I’ve read or how many interviews I’ve conducted, I still find coaching exciting and fulfilling. I’d love to work with you to highlight your unique qualities, and to help you find the right school and the right career path that will make you happy and successful.”