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College Counselor

Mr. Joseph Runge
Director of College Counseling
The Classical Academy of Sarasota

Mr. Runge has 35 years of experience in both undergraduate admissions (Villanova University) and as a Director of College Counseling at five Cum Laude Society independent schools.

Mr. Runge began his career in education as an International Jesuit Volunteer at St. Xavier’s School in Kathmandu, Nepal where he taught English, biology, and moral science (7th and 8th grade). He then served as the regional director for undergraduate admission at Villanova University. Moving to the “other side of the desk”, Mr. Runge served as the director of college counseling at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School (San Juan Capistrano, CA), Cincinnati Country Day School, The Out of Door Academy (Sarasota, FL), King School (Stamford, CT), and Carrollwood Day School (Tampa, FL).

Along the way, Mr. Runge has accepted additional responsibilities while serving as the director of college counseling including the following: assistant principal (upper school), academic dean (9-12), director of financial aid (K-12), coordinator of several parent volunteer networks, Cum Laude Society president, student advisor, and longtime college and high school cross-country, indoor and outdoor track coach.

Mr. Runge graduated from Villanova University with a BA in Sociology/ Religious Studies and from Miami University with an MS in Sport Psychology.