David McCauley

Appointed 2019
Colby College
M.Ed. St. Lawrence University

In David’s support of Northwood students’ post-secondary school goals, he draws from his own student athlete pursuits where he lettered in track and football at Colby College and went on to play and coach in Madrid, Spain with the Madrid Panthers in the Spanish League of American Football. His tenure as a coach of over 30 years covers high school basketball, baseball, football and track, college football and, with a whistle around his neck, he spent 22 years as a boys’ IAABO basketball official and 9 years as an ECAC men’s basketball official.


In the world of college admission, David has worked in offices at Colby, RPI, Hamilton, Siena and Creighton. At Creighton, as the director of international admission, David also served as the admission liaison for the Jays’ basketball and soccer teams. He travelled Europe and Latin America with teams as part of the recruitment campaign of student athletes.


David has presented on college admissions and admissions for student athletes at the US Embassy in Oslo, Norway, the Fulbright Ctr in Norway and Finland as well as the EducationUSA Forum in Washington, DC as well as its offices in Buenos Aires, Santiago (Chile), Bogotá, and Lima, Perú. David speaks Spanish as his second language and just enough Portuguese, French, German and Chinese to get himself out of trouble. Since 2010, he has lead the college office efforts at Berkshire School in Sheffield Massachusetts, Beijing National Day School, and Beijing High School Number 4. During his time in China he organized tours of the PRC for 40+ USA colleges and universities, and he played host to over 250 yearly admission visitors from colleges and universities from the USA, Canada, the UK, Australia and Europe. In recent years, David has served as a consultant for 80+ USA colleges and universities for Chinese secondary school applications and was selected to an advisory group of college counselors at Ohio Wesleyan University. He has been quoted as a primary source of information for global and higher education articles written by The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Lawlor Group, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.


David grew up on the western edge of the Adirondack Park in Lyons Falls, located in Lewis County, and joined Northwood with his wife Marleny and son Sean in the summer of 2019. Here he serves as the director of college counseling, the director of international students services and supports international admission. Under David’s leadership, the college office’s fundamental work is to introduce Northwood students to colleges that fit them well given their academic interests and record, geographic preferences and personality. The goal is for all students is to enroll at institutions where they will make great use of their Northwood preparation that translates to success in the classroom and in all of their college pursuits.

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