Assistant Dean of Students
Ellen West began at Interlochen in 2009 as the Recreation Manager for summer camp and returned for three more summers as a Camp Life Division Director. Her first two years at the Academy she spent as a Residence Hall Manager and she was promoted in her third year to the position of Assistant Dean.
Prior to Interlochen, she was on the founding staff of a school in Detroit for students with behavioral issues. While there she supported school operations and helped create the after-school program. She also has extensive education and experience in outdoor adventure leadership and education. She has a strong passion for group development and facilitation and she holds a bachelors of applied arts from Central Michigan University in recreation, parks, and leisure services administration with a concentration in outdoor and environmental recreation. She is an outdoor enthusiast and has a strong appreciation for the arts.