Rick Plotkin, Senior Director, Recruitment, joined Inside Higher Ed in 2006 after a six-year stint at The Chronicle of Higher Education as an account manager for recruitment advertising. He comes to Inside Higher Ed as a former insider in higher education with eight years of experience in college admissions at George Washington University (M.A. '95, human resource development) and four years at Vanderbilt University (B.A. '86, economics). Rick grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland and now lives in Alexandria, Virginia with his spouse, Marguerite Rippy, Chair and full professor of English at Marymount University, his son, Merrill O'Neill and their dog, Charlie.