Ken Hyde serves as the Director of Admission and Enrollment at Porter-Gaud School overseeing the enrollment management program. He has over 20 years professional experience in independent schools ranging from teacher, coach, advisor, dorm head, dean of students, and presently, enrollment professional. Ken earned a BA in Economics from UNC at Chapel Hill and his Masters in School Administration from UNC at Greensboro. He is married to Holly, a Spanish teacher at Porter-Gaud, and has two daughters, Anne and Margaret that attend the school.
Lauren McClary serves as Assistant Director of Lower School Admission at Porter-Gaud School. Lauren attended Vanderbilt University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Studies and The University of South Carolina School of Law where she earned a Juris-Doctor. Lauren began her career as an employment attorney, working for a litigation firm, and eventually as an HR Director at Roper St. Francis Healthcare. When her children were young Lauren stayed home with them and enjoyed serving as Chair of the New Family Welcome Committee and as Parent-Guild President at O’Quinn’s Mount Pleasant Campus. In 2014 she began volunteering with the Porter-Gaud Admission Team at their Open Houses. This experience inspired her to join the team in 2018 when she decided to return to work full-time. Lauren and her husband Scott have been Porter-Gaud proud parents for 7 years and they have two children: Phillip (Grade 7) and Jane (Grade 5). She and her family are avid snow skiers and enjoy boating, crabbing, and hiking the North Carolina Mountains in the summer.
Kathleen Beck serves as an Admission Assistant responsible for guiding families through the application process. Kathleen began her work career as an Early Childhood Teacher in public schools, and returned to work in the education world in August of 2015 after enjoying life as a stay-at-home-mom for the prior 9 years. Kathleen also previously worked as a Pharmaceutical Sales Representative for UCB Pharma. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BA in Early Childhood Education. She has two children at Porter-Gaud, Noah and Hadley-Claire. Kathleen and her family take full advantage of Lowcountry life, and relish exploring our waterways and surrounding coastal areas with their two dogs as often as possible.
Chrissy Lorenz serves as an Administrative Assistant responsible for database and student records management while providing full time support to the Admission Team. Graduating from Appalachian State University with a BA in Nutrition, she went on to become a Registered Dietitian, specializing in Adolescent/Adult Weight Management and Sports Nutrition. She also brings with her experience in Financial, Human Resource, and Database/Records Management from Mex 1 Coastal Cantina, where she is a Partner with her husband, Dave. Chrissy is loving the Lowcounty with Dave and 2 children, Cameron (9th Grade) and Van (7th Grade), both Porter-Gaud students.
Admission Office Update:
Thank you for your interest in Porter-Gaud for your child! Unfortunately, we have passed the date by which we are able to accommodate prospective students and their families who are:
Beginning the required steps for O'Quinn Priority Enrollment
Beginning the admission process for grades 1-12
With the February 7th deadline quickly approaching, we no longer have the ability to complete the steps in the process (for example, admission testing, parent visit, student visit, etc.) in the time remaining.
We would be happy to work with you in Rolling Admission, provided space is available in your child's rising grade. Rolling Admission will begin mid-March. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Admission Assistant Kathleen Beck at (843) 402-4726.