Jim Connor has been Head of School at Germantown Academy for 20 years.
- Jim Connor, Head of School
Mr. Connor began his career as a senior high school teacher of English in Florida and Virginia. He moved within the education arena as a consultant and into a position as Director of Admissions and Director of Development at a day school in North Carolina. In 1982 he came to Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, to teach English, coach varsity baseball, and become Assistant to the Head of School.
In 1990, Mr. Connor assumed the role of Interim Head and, later that year, became Head of School. For two decades he has helped Germantown Academy evolve into one of the most innovative and competitive independent schools in the Philadelphia region with 1,100+ boys and girls in Pre-Kindergarten - 12th Grade. He is also spear-heading the new Campus Master Plan which includes a green and expanded campus design, incorporating wetlands and the environment and will ready the school for the future.
Mr. Connor received his M.S. in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania in 1988, and his long list of achievements include being elected by the school community to Germantown Academy's Class of 1760, an honorary alumni organization of men and women whose contributions to the Academy are considered extraordinary. He has received the Board of Trustees commendation for service to Germantown Academy, and is also a Member of the Board of Trustees for the Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools. In addition, Mr. Connor is Head of School Liaison and founding Board President for the Independent School Consortium, a local organization of 24 independent schools devoted to hiring and retaining teachers of color. He is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools as well as the Board of Trustees of the Community of Bosnia Foundation.
Mr. Connnor's legacy includes being one of the founders and Honorary Members of the Board of Trustees of The Community Partnership School in Philadelphia founded in 2006 (http://www.communitypartnershipschool.org/). The inner city independent school, the first of its kind, was started by GA with Project H.O.M.E. in North Central Philadelphia.
Mr. Connor and his wife Janice have two daughters, Katie '96 and Annie '00, and reside in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania.