Jim Connor has been Head of School at Germantown Academy for 22 years.
He 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 for Development.
In 1990, Mr. Connor assumed the role of Interim Head of School and later that year became Head of School. For more than 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 through 12th Grade. He was an instrumental part of the school’s new multi-phase Campus Master Plan, which includes a green and expanded campus design, incorporating wetlands and the environment and, when complete, will assure GA’s place in the future of education.
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. Mr. Connor was the founding Board President for the Independent School Consortium, a local organization of 24 independent schools that was 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 (PAIS) and former member of the Board of Trustees of the Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS). He is also a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Community of Bosnia Foundation and former member of the Board of Trustees for Summer Search.
Mr. Connor's legacy includes being one of the founders and a current Honorary Member of the Board of Trustees of The Community Partnership School in Philadelphia, PA founded in 2006. The inner city independent school, the first of its kind, was begun by Germantown Academy in partnership 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.