The Social U Team & Distinguished Advisors

The Social U team is innovative, creative, educated, and passionate when it comes to social media and protecting online reputations. Our team consists of education and marketing experts alongside programmers and entrepreneurs working in relevant fields. The Social U team works closely to ensure we always provide top-level service that empowers you to be the best you online.

Whether you are seeking reports for yourself or checking to see if your teen is well-equipped to begin applying for college and employment, The Social U is here to help.

Don’t say “no” to social media. Say “yes” and feel good about it. The Social U is here to ensure your students’ posts don’t negatively impact their future.

Ted Spencer
Senior Advisor, The Social U

Ted Spencer, former Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions at the University of Michigan, advises The Social U on what students and parents need to know and provides insider’s insights direct from the college admissions office.

He currently serves as Senior Advisor on Admissions Outreach at the University of Michigan. Prior to September 2014, he was Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions, co-chair of the Enrollment Working Group, the body that manages undergraduate enrollment numbers, and directed all functions related to the undergraduate admissions procedures.  Before joining Michigan in 1989, he was an Associate Director of Admissions at the United States Air Force Academy.

Ted is a sought-after speaker who regularly presents at top local national and international conferences. He has written several articles on the college admissions process. He has received numerous awards including the 2014 Gramentz Award for “extraordinary service to students, the college admissions profession and the association” by the Michigan Association for College Admission Counseling.  He has made several appearances on The Today Show, both as an expert on college admissions and once when he baked cookies with Al Roker!

Ted is passionate about helping students attain their college goals by demystifying the admissions process.

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“Getting into college is no longer simply a process to go through. It’s become a competitive sport. Students need every advantage to gain admission. Social media is now an area where students need to get their game on.”

Katie Kieft
Social Media & Community Manager

At The Social U, we take social media very seriously. We can’t ask you to have a pristine online presence if we don’t have one ourselves. This is where Katie comes in. Katie is a nerd for fostering positive social media communities with people from all over the world and interacting with students online. Here at The Social U, she gets to do just that.

Katie graduated from Michigan State University in 2013 and has been geeking out over social media, digital citizenship, and media literacy ever since.

When she’s not exploring all of the wonderful ways the internet makes it possible for humans to connect and learn, Katie can be found exploring the city of Detroit, writing, or planning her next opportunity to see the world and learn new things.

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