Jim Ventre ’79

“No one goes through life at Andover without the help and support of others.”

Jim Ventre ‘79, Interim Head of School, received an A.B. degree from Dartmouth College in 1983. He joined the Phillips Academy faculty as a teaching fellow in English and later became an admission officer under dean of admission Josh Miner until 1986. After a brief time on Wall Street, he was appointed director of financial aid at Andover in 1990. Prior to his appointment as dean of admission in winter 2013, Ventre concurrently served as interim dean of admission and director of admission operations. He has served on numerous boards and committees related to admission and financial aid. Ventre has been celebrated for his work with underserved populations and has dedicated his professional career to working with students and their families to gain access to Andover. He is particularly proud of Andover’s decision to adopt a need-blind admission policy. In addition to his responsibilities in the Office of Admission, Ventre has served as an advisor, coach, and house counselor. Ventre was appointed interim head of school in 2019 and plans to return to his role in admission and financial aid in summer 2020.

There is nothing loftier, in my opinion, than the guardianship of our simple premise to help one another.

Jim Ventre ’79

As Interim Head, Ventre’s primary role is ensuring that students continue to thrive and that the campus remains guided by its strategic priorities. A seasoned leader who is highly regarded across the global PA community, he also will continue the forward momentum of the Knowledge & Goodness Campaign.

Among the campaign’s highest priorities is to secure the future of need-blind admission. Ventre was a persuasive voice in Andover’s quest to become a need-blind school in 2008. He also played a major role in the last campaign, which raised $92 million for financial aid. In recognition of his work with underprivileged families over the years, Ventre was named Educator of the Year by the Albert G. Oliver Foundation in New York.

Building and stewarding relationships over three decades among students, parents, and alumni has illustrated for him one of Andover’s most important characteristics. “I have learned is that no one goes through life at Andover without the help and support of others,” he said. “There is nothing loftier, in my opinion, than the guardianship of our simple premise to help one another.”

jventre@andover.edu
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