ACT today named James Larimore as its chief officer for the advancement of underserved learners. Larimore most recently served as dean of students and adviser to the president at Amherst College.
ACT created this new senior executive role to develop and execute a strategy to engage underserved learners in pursuit of their college and career readiness goals. ACT defines underserved learners as individuals who lack equitable access to high-quality educational and career planning opportunities and resources.
“We are pleased to welcome Jim to the ACT executive team,” said Jon Whitmore, ACT chief executive officer. “One of his responsibilities will be to create and collaborate with an external network of national thought leaders and affiliation organizations to extend and amplify ACT’s reach in engaging and serving underserved learners.” Larimore will report directly to Whitmore.
“I am honored to join ACT,” said Larimore. “I look forward to advancing the organization’s commitment to help people unlock and achieve their potential in school and in the workplace. I am proud to join an organization that works to ensure that all people have equitable access to opportunities to learn, grow, contribute and succeed in our society.”
A first-generation college graduate, Larimore earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University–Commerce, a master’s degree in Higher Education from Stanford University, and is nearing completion of a PhD from Stanford in Higher Education and Policy Analysis.
He has held a number of dean-level positions at other universities, including New York University Abu Dhabi, Swarthmore College, Dartmouth College and Stanford University. He also served the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as deputy director for student success.