Jim Larimore

Jim Larimore

Chief Officer


ACT Center for Equity in Learning

San Diego, CA USA


Don’t let anyone deny you the opportunity to learn. Your purpose in getting an education is to become the most formidable human being you can become.

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
Born and raised in Texas.
My siblings and I were the first people in my family to earn college degrees.
Attended Texas A&M University—I actually quit college about six or seven times because I kept running out of money.
Got a job as a resident assistant in a dorm on campus, which reduced my tuition and gave me a free place to live, allowing me to complete my degree in criminal justice and sociology.
My original goal was to work in juvenile probation, but through a series of random turns, I found my way into working in education—received my master’s degree in education from Stanford.
After graduating, my higher-education career began in the admissions office of Dartmouth College recruiting Native American high school students from the southwest of the U.S.
For the last 30 years, I've been the dean of a number of institutions, including Dartmouth, Swarthmore College, and Amherst; also served as a deputy director at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
I am now the chief officer of the ACT Center for Equity in Learning, where I direct their strategy to close gaps in opportunity, achievement, and equity for all students.
Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Texas A & M University-Commerce
undergrad
Bachelor
Sociology
Texas A & M University-Commerce
graduate
Graduate
Education, General
Stanford University
Career

Career

Chief Officer

I lead a team that leverages ACT research & partnerships to increase opportunity & support for underserved learners.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Education
Business
Business
Helping People
Helping People

Day to Day

No day is ever the same. In the Center for Equity in Learning, we work with colleagues across the ACT organization because we are trying to build things to help improve learning outcomes and level the playing field for all students. We seek out partnerships with other organizations and schools to help out different communities. It involves a lot of teamwork, project planning, networking, etc.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Advocate for others and build bridges/connections for change. Learn how to be a leader and take ownership of your journey.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Seek out mentors, friends, family, or anyone who will believe in you. Having a strong support structure is essential to success. Recognize that it is your education and take ownership of that. Take the initiative to learn.

Hurdles

Hurdles

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation College Student
School Stress
Financial