Head of School James Milford announced Dr. Scott Hampton, Director of College Counseling, Financial Aid, International Student, Duke TIP, and Mentor Club programs will be leaving Maclay School this summer for a change of pace and to spend more time with his family including his two young grandsons. He will continue to help families navigate the college application process as a professional college advisor in our Tallahassee community.
Dr. (Colonel) Hampton served in the US Army for 25 years as an Infantry Officer and has been a member of the Maclay faculty for the last 10 years. While at West Point, Hampton developed a passion for teaching and mentoring young men and women. He also earned the Academy’s highest award for teaching excellence. In 2007, he came to Maclay School as a College Counselor under long time director Rob Webster and also taught AP Psychology.
Over the past seven years, Dr. Hampton helped guide over 600 Maclay students in their successful journey toward college and future careers. These students were accepted to over 300 different colleges in 46 states, Washington, DC and four other countries, while being offered numerous scholarships which will likely exceed 44 million dollars this year. “I feel blessed to have had the honor and privilege to serve our amazing students in such a wonderful learning community and family,” said Hampton.
Assistant Director of College Counseling Chad McClellan will assume the role of Director of College Counseling this summer. McClellan, who joined the staff last year, is a former member of the Maclay faculty and has ten years of academic advising at the collegiate level. “I am also excited for Chad, my ‘Ranger Buddy’ and friend, who will take our program to another level while taking great care of our students in their journey toward college,” added Hampton.
“We are very happy for Scott and this opportunity to pursue a new ‘career’ as Grandpa Hamp,” said Milford. “In my travels and work in and among schools in the independent school world, I have never encountered someone with the unshakeable spirit and care of Dr. Scott Hampton. From my first visit to the school his infectious positive energy and encouraging spirit were driving forces behind this exceptional leader. He often refers to his mentor, Rob Webster, as the one who demonstrated what college, academic, and life counseling meant for the position. Scott has carried a wonderful tradition forward and I'm so pleased to see the torch passed to another professional with the same spirit and drive for excellence.”