John brings twenty-one years of experience in private school education to the Office of Business Operations at Idyllwild Arts. As a teacher, coach, advisor, dean, and business officer, John has committed his professional life to working in private schools.
John was appointed Chief Operating Officer in January, 2018 after serving as Director of Business Operations since 2013. He was Dean of Students at Idyllwild Arts from 2006 – 2013. Prior to being named dean, John was the Associate Dean of Students and Humanities Department faculty at IA beginning in 2003.
The Office of Business Operations at Idyllwild Arts oversees Project and Property Management; Facilities Management; Auxiliary Services; Dining Services; Governmental and Regulatory matters; IT; Purchasing and Contracts; Risk Management and HR; and Transportation.
John’s love for boarding school life began when he was a student at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, CT, where he graduated in 1991 with honors in music. John holds a Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Quinnipiac University School of Business. He earned a B.A. in English from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA where he was active in the arts. John lives in Idyllwild with his wife, Molly Newman, and their daughters, Lucy and Cecelia.