Jim Ventre ’79

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

Interim Head of School

The embodiment of Andover’s values and a fixture on campus since he joined the faculty in 1983, Jim Ventre ’79 is the Interim Head of School, leading Andover from strength to strength and ensuring that students continue to thrive.

A devoted alumnus, a leadership voice, and one of the architects of the school’s need-blind admission program, Ventre earned an A.B. from Dartmouth College and began his professional career on Wall Street.

He returned to Andover as a teaching fellow in English before joining the Office of Admission. He most recently served as Assistant Head of School for Admission and Financial Aid, leading all aspects of the mission to recruit, enroll, and support talented youth from every quarter. Ventre’s strategic outlook and entrepreneurial spirit have benefitted both the campus and wider independent school landscape.

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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