Aya Murata, P’19, ’21

Aya began working at Phillips Academy in 1992 and during that time has filled a variety of roles. She has worked in the Admission Office (1992-1998), in the Community and Multicultural Development Office (CAMD) as the Advisor to Asian and Asian American Students (1994-2015), the International Student Coordinator (2000-2005) and the Coordinator of the CAMD Scholar Program (2010-2015), as the Cluster Dean for Pine Knoll Cluster (2005-2013) and as the Ninth Grade Course Head for the Empathy, Balance & Inclusion Program (2016-2021). Over the years, she has served as a House Counselor and Complementary House Counselor in both large and small upperclassmen girls’ dorms, served as an Advisor and coached field hockey and lacrosse at the JV-level.

Aya currently is Assistant Dean of Students and Associate Director of College Counseling. Additionally, she is an Advisor, and the Faculty Advisor to MOSAIC (mixed heritage affinity group).

Aya graduated from Bates College in 1992 with a B.A. degree in Japanese Studies, with a minor concentration in Japanese language. In June 2000, she graduated from Harvard University with a master's degree in Regional Studies: East Asia.

Professionally, her goal and most meaningful reward is developing strong relationships with her students and helping them navigate (in whatever capacity her role has been) their time at Andover.

Aya lives on campus with her husband. Both of their sons are PA graduates from the Classes of 2019 and 2021. Aya enjoys traveling, yoga, skiing, and other outdoor activities.

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