Meet the Team

The CCES college counseling team is comprised of three dedicated professionals who work to ensure that the college search is personally rewarding for every individual student.  Each college counselor holds active memberships with both the National Association for College Admission Counseling and the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling, as well with the Association for College Counselors in Independent Schools.

 Linda Schulz, Director of College Counseling, brings over 30 years of college counseling experience to CCES, both as a former college admission officer and as an independent school college counselor.  She has led the CCES team since 2008.  

Prior to her work at CCES, Mrs. Schulz had been at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut, where she served as Associate Director of College Counseling and as a Day-Student Advisor for five years.  Prior to Choate, she was Director of College Counseling at The Galloway School in Atlanta, Georgia.  Mrs. Schulz further provides keen insights into the college admission process from her experience as Associate Director of Admission at both Oglethorpe University in Georgia and Newberry College in South Carolina. 

Mrs. Schulz received the 2007 Yale Counseling Award, which “recognizes counselors from around the world who have inspired and supported their students to achieve at high levels.” 

“College counseling has profoundly enriched my life,” notes Schulz.  “As a service-oriented individual, I find it extremely rewarding to guide young adults through this critical period in their high school career.”

Bartley Sides, Associate Director of College Counseling, joined the team in 2015 with seven years of experience in college admissions at Furman University as well as the University of Georgia.  Originally from Cheraw, South Carolina, Mr. Sides received his BA in Communication Studies and Sociology from Furman University and his MA in Management from Wake Forest University.

Mr. Sides notes “Having worked at both a large, public institution and a small, private liberal arts institution, I have gained an understanding of how college admission works at different types of schools.  After seven years of recruiting high school students, I have built relationships with both college counselors and other college admission representatives.  These relationships will continue to be beneficial as I work on the other side of the desk.
Mr. Sides is active in the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling (SACAC) currently serving on the board as well as the co-chair of the South Carolina Government Relations Committee.  He also co-chairs the Upstate South Carolina NACAC College Fair local planning committee.

 Lindsey Waters, Associate Director of College Counseling, joined the CCES College Counseling team for the 2015-16 school year.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Furman University and a Masters in Counselor Education from Clemson University.

Mrs. Waters is a native of Seminole, Florida. For the last eight years, she served the admission office of Furman University in a variety of capacities. Throughout her tenure at Furman, she regularly interacted with prospective high school students as well as counseled admitted students. Her travels on behalf of Furman brought her into contact with admission professionals from a wide array of institutions within and outside the southeast region. A committed professional, Mrs. Waters has been a presenter at various college admission conferences.  In addition, she has conducted numerous “Crafting a Competitive Admission Essay” workshops for high school students.

In making the switch to the school counseling side of the desk, she comments: “Throughout my career in college admissions, I enjoyed identifying the individual interests and strengths of each student. I am inspired to work with students during this time in their life and to guide them to a college that is their own best fit.”