Biography

John Wuorinen began working at Columbus Academy in 1984 and has been our Director of Admissions and Financial Aid since 2008. He also is an advisor in our upper school and the CLS secretary. Outside of his role at Academy, John also serves on the Association of Independent School Admission Professionals (AISAP), a three-year term which began in July 2019. As a faculty member at Academy, John was an upper school math teacher for over 25 years and chair of the department for 16 years, before moving into an administrative role as upper school scheduler and dean of students. In addition, John was also our head and assistant varsity swim coach for nearly 30 years combined, coach of our first middle school golf team and led our bowling club for four seasons. An Academy graduate in the Class of 1980, John competed on the swim and JV boys soccer teams, and served as varsity boys soccer manager. He also was a part of the yearbook staff and frisbee club, and aspired to become a math teacher on campus. John then went on to earn a B.A. from the University of Virginia. John and his wife, Liz, have three sons who graduated from Academy: Conrad, a member of the CA Class of 2012, Alec, in the Class of 2013, and Calvin, from the Class of 2016.

John’s favorite thing about Columbus Academy
Besides lunch? The incredible sense of community that's here. I'm Viking-proud."

Little-known fact
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I'm a birder, love to travel (been to 49 states), and love live music."

Education
  • B.A. University of Virginia