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Jim Ventre ’79

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

Jim Ventre ‘79, 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 served as interim head of school in 2019 and returned to his role as Assistant Head of School for 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

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