Andrew Wooden has devoted his career to working in independent schools, spending more than 40 years in a wide range of positions including teacher, coach, dean of admissions, and interim as well as permanent head of school.
Most recently, Andrew served as head of school at Marymount of Santa Barbara, leading the school to record-high enrollment and tripling the size of its endowment over his seven-year tenure. Previously, Andrew was interim head of school at Saint James’ Episcopal School in Los Angeles, leading the school during a period of transition. Prior to that role, he served as assistant head of school and head of school at Bosque School in Albuquerque, where he helped develop the city’s newest independent school into a highly respected college preparatory school with an emphasis on environmental science and community service.
Previously, Andrew spent 12 years at Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut, serving as director of admission and financial aid and a member of the Senior Deans Council, among other roles. Andrew currently serves as a board member of the California Association of Independent Schools and vice chair of ASSIST Scholars, which helps enable academically talented international students to attend American independent schools.
Andrew earned a master’s degree from Yale Divinity School, an honorary doctorate from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, and he spent a sabbatical year at Yale studying education and leadership. He earned a B.A. from the University of Maine and graduated from Williston Northampton School in Massachusetts. Andrew grew up in Maine and has been married to his wife Molly for more than 30 years. He is an avid sailor and squash player.