Nicole Cherubini Joins Office of Academy Resources as Director of Development

Drawing from her 15 years of experience as Director of Parent Development at Boston College and as Director of Parent Development and Special Events at Cushing Academy, Nicole Cherubini will bring enthusiasm and skill to her new role as Director of Development at Andover.

As the Director of Development, Cherubini will oversee the annual giving campaign, gift planning and major gifts. She will also oversee capital support, used for the renovation and construction of buildings, as well as endowment support.

In her new position, Cherubini hopes to team up with her colleagues in the Office of Academy Resources (OAR) to better understand what motivates alumni and parents to donate to Andover.

“I think it will be really [important] to integrate myself into the culture and learn about what it is that keeps alumni connected…. There has to be things about the experience that [alumni] reflect on and are the reasons why they remain involved with the organization,” said Cherubini.

According to Cherubini, working at both the secondary school level and the college level at Cushing and Boston College has given her a unique understanding of the campus atmosphere, and she hopes that her experience will help her fulfill her duty at Andover.

“The most critical thing for me about this opportunity was the school is committed to its initiative… its mission, and its students,” said Cherubini.

The search process to find a new Director of Development began with Thomas Lockerby, Secretary of the Academy. As the Head of the OAR, Lockerby met with members of the faculty and the administration to select someone to fill the position.

After creating a list of candidates from a pool of people whose work he was familiar with, Lockerby narrowed down the options based on criteria such as leadership, skill and experience.

“[Cherubini] met all of the criteria in terms of the independent school experience… She’s worked very well directly with donors, who are both alumni and parents, and she is someone who I know to be an excellent strategist as well as leader and manager,” Lockerby said.