John Wuorinen ’80 has served as Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at Columbus Academy since 2008, and also is an upper school advisor and the CLS secretary. John has also served in several other roles in his time at CA, including as Dean of Upper School, Upper School math teacher, head and assistant swim coach, math chair, as well as the first middle school golf and bowling club coach. He was born in New Jersey before moving to Central Ohio when he was seven-years-old, initially residing in Upper Arlington before settling in Bexley. As a student at Academy, John was a member of the swim team and JV soccer team, as well as varsity soccer manager and member of the yearbook staff and frisbee club, and aspired to become a math teacher on campus. Outside of work, John enjoys watching TV or Netflix series with his wife, Liz, socializing with friends, doing crossword puzzles, traveling, birding and has counted 72 different species on campus. John and Liz have three sons, Conrad ’12, Alec ’13 and Calvin ’16.

John’s favorite thing about Columbus Academy

“Getting to introduce new students and families to Academy.”

What was your favorite class taken throughout your educational career?

“My favorite classes were ones here at Academy. There were lots that were great, but the two that come to mind are Kelly Moody's French 4 and Rainey Taylor's US History.”

Little-known fact

“I have visited 49 states...still have to get to Hawaii!”

  • B.A. University of Virginia