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O’Keeffe to Succeed Holm as Director of Publications and Editor of Andover Magazine

Kristin O’Keeffe will serve as the Director of Publications and Editor of “Andover Magazine,” effective July 1st, after working as Class Notes Editor and writer for “Andover Magazine” for a little over a year. O’Keeffe will succeed Sally Holm, who will retire from her position at the helm of the magazine after four years.

As the Director of Publications, O’Keeffe will manage the Communications Office and oversee the magazine’s production. The Communications Office designs all official Andover publications, including “Andover Magazine,” the Course of Study, brochures and campus event posters.

O’Keeffe plans to bring extensive writing and teaching experience to “Andover Magazine,” Andover’s official alumni quarterly. Each issue features an array of alumni as well as briefings on campus events. Class Notes is the final section in “Andover Magazine” where alumni can share updates on their lives.

“I have already become so fond of this community. The atmosphere of this place is just engaging; the students, faculty and staff are all so smart, motivated and simply just amazing,” wrote O’Keeffe in an e-mail to The Phillipian.

“What appeals to me most about Andover is that it both reaches out into the world and into its own community,” she continued.

O’Keeffe is especially attached to “Andover Magazine.”

“I think of it as a connective tissue for all the alumni to keep in touch with the Andover community and to be informed a little more about each other’s life even after graduation,” she said.

Tracy Sweet, Director of Academy Communications, announced O’Keeffe’s new position on April 23rd in an e-mail to the faculty members.

“We are so fortunate that Kristin will be able to ‘shadow’ Sally over these next couple months. Sally has brought incredible energy, passion and vision to ‘Andover Magazine’ and all academy publications. Kristin will no doubt continue those traditions and build upon them with her own talents and skills as a gifted writer, teacher and social media enthusiast,” wrote Sweet in an e-mail to The Phillipian.

O’Keeffe previously worked as an English teacher and a novelist before coming to Andover. “I think this job gives me the opportunity to fully bring together and blend [the] two fields, education and writing, that I have been long dedicated to,” she said.

O’Keeffe is the author of the novel “Thirsty,” which was published in 2009.

After obtaining her Masters degree in Fine Arts at Columbia College Chicago, O’Keeffe taught writing courses at several high schools and universities including Boston College, University of New Hampshire and Montserrat College of Arts.

Prior to coming to Andover, she lived in Shanghai, China for five years. It was there that she found inspiration for her second novel, “Art of Floating,” which will be released in 2014.

“Especially as a writer, I think it is really important for you to live in a country other than your own for at least some period so you experience the food, the history, the culture and be inspired,” said O’Keeffe.

After Holm announced her retirement this year, the school released an application for the position to all current Andover employees and the general public. Over 30 candidates were interviewed for the job, according to Holm.

“We looked for someone who is creative, possesses strong writing skills, understands the importance and power of ‘story,’ has good organizational and management abilities, understands the important role the alumni magazine plays in building community and support for Andover and is capable of building strong relationships with the multiple constituencies on campus,” wrote Holm in her e-mail to The Phillipian.