Thomas C. Golden, Ph.D.

Founder and CEO

Known simply as Dr. Thom to his clients and friends, he spent more than 20 years in selective admissions at some of the top universities in the world, leading recruitment and admissions selection at Purdue and Vanderbilt Universities.  

To say that Dr. Thom has studied the college search is a massive understatement; his dissertation for his Doctorate in Educational Psychology explored how to help young people deal with the stress of applying to college.

Bridget Williams Golden, M.A.

Chief Enthusiasm Officer

Bridget brings 20 years of experience in higher education student and alumni services, leadership development, academic advising, and association management to our team. Bridget also brings a lot of encouragement and enthusiasm to students and families.   

Bridget excels at teaching young people to develop a growth mindset while learning valuable lessons throughout the college search that they will call on throughout their adult lives.

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Chris Ream

Educational Consultant

Following a 10 year career in selective college admissions at Duke and Vanderbilt Universities, Chris spent 3 years as an admissions consultant prior to joining Dr. Thom and Bridget at GEC. His experience as both an admissions officer and consultant have shown him how (unnecessarily) stressful the college application process can be.

Chris is committed to helping students successfully navigate the complex admissions process while keeping student and family wellness as his top priority. He loves helping his clients discover their true interests and find colleges that are well-matched to those interests.