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Raj Mundra

Deputy Head

Phillips Academy, USA

Raj Mundra is the Deputy Head of School for Academics and Student Affairs at Phillips Academy. He oversees the Dean of Studies, Dean of Students, Dean of Faculty, and the Tang Institute Director, and is a member of the Senior Administrative Council.  Raj joined the Andover Biology faculty in 1996 and has taught at every level of the curriculum.  He has served multiple house counseling, academic advising, and coaching roles. As an administrator, Raj has been Associate Director of the International Academic Partnership, Assistant Dean of Community and Multicultural Development, Residential Dean of Pine Knoll cluster, Associate Dean of Students and Dean of Studies.  He is the founder and director of the Niswarth program, which partners Andover students and faculty with organizations in South Asia in community engagement experiences with the core values of humility, empathy, and gratitude.  Also beyond Andover, Mundra founded Educators for Teaching India, a group that worked with the South Asia Institute at Harvard University to bring together public and private school teachers from across America to discuss content and pedagogy approaches to teaching India in secondary schools.  While on leave from Andover he served as the Deputy Head of the Secondary School at the Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa, Kenya in 2003 and, in 2010, as a visiting faculty member in science and service at the American School of Bombay. Mundra holds a B.A. from Brandeis University and a M.A.T. in education and biology from Brown University. 

Phillips Academy (better known as Andover) is the oldest boarding school in America established in 1778.  The mission of the school is to connect knowledge and goodness, serve youth from every quarter, and impart the habits of non-sibi (not for self) as a way of life.  It is a co-education program with 1150 students from 39 countries, close to 200 dedicated teachers, a 500 acre campus, as well as art and archaeology museums on campus.  A place of limitless opportunities, the school’s needs-blind program meets 100% of each student’s demonstrated financial need with 48% of students receiving some support.  The $1 billion+ endowment supports 300 small classes including 8 world languages, 150 electives, and opportunities for independent research.  Outside the classroom there are wide ranging opportunities in the visual and performing arts, athletics (67 interscholastic teams in 21 different sports as well as intramural and life sports), community engagement, and over 125 student-run clubs and organizations.