Assistant Head of School for Advancement and External Affairs
James E. Simon has held senior positions in independent schools and higher education for the last 19 years. Most recently he served as Director of Institutional Advancement at The Browning School in New York where, in addition to his fundraising and management responsibilities, he served on the School’s accreditation steering committee and helped author their current strategic plan. Prior to arriving at Browning, James worked in higher education and was Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Relations at University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law where he launched the School’s $150 million capital campaign. He came to USC from the New York University Stern School of Business where he was Director of Development and built a team for outreach to undergraduate alumni. James has also held leadership positions at The Dalton School in New York where he headed up capital giving and launched a $40 million capital campaign as well as at the University of Pennsylvania, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and Salisbury School in Connecticut. While growing up in Birmingham, James attended Highlands School and The Altamont School prior to finishing his independent school education at Salisbury School in Connecticut. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College where he graduated with honors and a double major in Asian Studies and Government. Following college, James attended Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism for his master’s degree and then began a seven-year career at ABC News prior to his positions in education. In his role at Springs, he oversees the teams responsible for admissions, marketing and communications, fundraising, and alumni relations.