Leadership & Strategic Priorities
Welcome to Lake Forest Academy!
LFA provides a well-rounded, student-centered education that extends beyond the classroom curriculum. We bring students and faculty from all over the nation and the world to engage in a culture of participation amidst the support of a caring community.
Our students take part in athletics, the performing and visual arts, and service learning as they pursue enriching plans of study. The four pillars of our institutional mission - character, scholarship, citizenship, and responsibility - serve as a foundation for the development of our students into thoughtful, empathetic young adults.
I hope that you find the LFA website helpful in getting to know our community. Please feel free to contact members of any department for more information.
José De Jesús
Head of School
Mr. Todd E. Altounian ’86
Mr. Bruce W. Anderson ’70, LT ’13
Mrs. Molly Pearson Campbell ’04
Mr. Patrick J. Carroll II ’87, LT ’12
Mr. Charles T. Cooper ’96, Treasurer
Mr. J. Patrick Corsiglia
Mr. Jim C. Cowart ’69, Member at Large
Ms. Jessica P. Douglas ’96 (Harms), Board Vice Chair
Dr. Ahmed Farag
Mrs. Karin Fink
Mr. Haji L. Glover ’92
Ms. Gloria W. Harper
Mr. Duane C. Jackson ’01
Mr. Scott W. Kaeser ’96
Mr. Allan M. Kaplan ’72
Mr. Edward Kovas
Mr. Rumi Kuli ’93
Mr. John S. Marlatt ’65, Board Chair
Mr. Scott Meloun ’77
Ms. Bethann Moritz (Filip)
Dr. Bancroft O’Quinn, Jr. ’72
Ms. Katherine Gray Pollock ’70
Ms. Emily Sammon ’91
Mr. Amish S. Shah ’92
Mrs. Marianne Silver
Mr. Xiong Yin
Mr. Richard L. Zhao ’04, Secretary
- Increase the LFA Endowment, with a goal of $50 million by 2021, to improve the long-term ﬁnancial strength of the school.
- Generate a signiﬁcant and sustained increase in major and planned gifts.
- Identify and solicit donors to establish endowed support of Student Financial Aid, Faculty Chairs, and Speaker Funds.
- Establish the goal that at least 25% of all monies raised each year is put into the endowment.
- Increase faculty and staff salaries and beneﬁts over time to be commensurate with our place among the best independent boarding schools nationally.
- Expand and improve faculty housing to support the attraction and retention of faculty and increase the number of teaching faculty living on campus.
- Increase professional development opportunities.
- Increase the number of Faculty Chairs to stimulate innovation and faculty development.
- Ensure the successful hiring and transition of a new Head of School who is committed to leading and advancing the school’s educational excellence, including the established focus on pluralism, a global educational experience, and a boarding school culture.
- Enhance efforts to recruit, mentor, and retain faculty, staff, and trustees who advance the LFA mission and mirror the demographic diversity of the student body.
- Examine the optimal size and composition of the student body, including a consideration of the beneﬁts and costs of increasing the size of the school.
- Broaden the access to an LFA education, thereby advancing equality of opportunity and the diversity and quality of the student body.
- Strengthen the personalized educational experience of every student in order to prepare them for a successful college experience.
- Develop and implement a vision for innovative education speciﬁcally through academic technology, collaborative teaching, and interdisciplinary programs.
- Improve multicultural competencies and integrate and facilitate meaningful cross-cultural interactions in all areas of school life.
- Strengthen LFA’s commitment to and leadership of “Educating Global Citizens.”
- Improve and expand the LFA website as well as other marketing and communication resources and materials, particularly for admissions, alumni relations, and athletics.
- Strengthen LFA’s identity, presence, and leadership in the local community.
- Increase and enhance LFA’s institutional identity in national and global markets.