With a career spanning nearly 40 years at both the secondary and postsecondary levels, Steve Soud arrived at Newman in 2019 as Director of College Counseling.
Steve has engaged in extensive professional service. He currently serves on the Southern Regional Council of the College Board, and prior to that role, served on the Board of Directors of The Common App. Over his many years in the field, Steve has served in multiple leadership roles for SACAC, worked on the College Board’s Task Force on Admissions in the 21st Century, and been named to the Counselor Advisory Boards at Florida State University, Georgia Tech, Muhlenberg College, Princeton University, Tulane University of Louisiana, the University of Alabama, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the University of Georgia. He regularly presents at regional and national professional meetings, most recently on recommendation-writing at the 2019 ACCIS Summer Institute in San Francisco and on a panel about college counseling programming at the 2023 SACAC convention. In 2015 ACCIS honored Steve with the Marty Elkins Award for Excellence in College Counseling.
Steve came to Newman from The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida, where he served as Director of College Counseling for 17 years. Prior to that Steve was an Associate Professor of English at Maryville College in Tennessee. Before going to graduate school, Steve worked as a College Counselor at Bolles, and as an Admission Counselor at Davidson College in North Carolina. Steve holds a B.A. in English from Davidson, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Florida. Steve has two adult children, Natalie and Paul, and a granddaughter (Clementine). Among the activities he enjoys are cycling, reading, and yoga. An avid music buff, Steve loves Jazz Fest, and as a food and wine lover he especially enjoys the New Orleans dining scene.