Jesse McDonald

As a regional counselor, I have the great pleasure of working with and getting to know students from Michigan, North Dakota, New York, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

Although I was born in Missouri, Pennsylvania has always been my home. I currently live in Carlisle with my wife and three children along with my dog Rocko and cat Tito. I grew up in a very small town, and one of the pieces I thought I would lose when moving to Carlisle was the sense of a close-knit community. However, having lived in Carlisle the past eight years, one of the most important things I’ve come realize is the sense of a strong and supportive community, which is reflected by Dickinson as well.

Aside from the community, I was drawn to work at Dickinson because of the college's dedication to a rigorous and practical education. Having been a teacher prior to working for Dickinson, education is a priority for me, and I believe Dickinson provides one of the best curriculums for college students. In addition, Dickinson is a leader in sustainable and global education, which means students are challenged to think about the greater questions that they will carry with them forever as lifelong learners.

Find me locally: At any one of the fantastic Carlisle eateries (especially Molly Pitcher Brewing)

I wish you could find me: Riding historic Alpe d’Huez, France

Fun facts:

  • When not in the office I love cycling around the beautiful Pennsylvania countryside.

  • Before I settled on education I achieved my private pilot’s license in hopes that I would fly for a living. Turns out things change!

  • A hidden secret (not even my colleagues know) is that I love creating videos! Casey Neistat, Peter McKinnon, Dan Mace and Jon B. are big inspirations for me.