James P. Andersen '74
BS Behavioral Science
James P. Andersen graduated from Westminster College in 1974 with a BS in Behavioral Science and Secondary Education. He also holds a Masters from the University of Utah in Cultural Foundations. Jim’s educational career started out at the Horace Mann School where he was a math and science teacher for the adult and youth programs. He formed a small alternative school program while there, which later blossomed into what is now know as the Horizonte Instruction and Training Center in Salt Lake City School District. Jim has served at Horizonte as principal and director of adult and alternative education since 1986. Over 12,000 high school aged youth, adult high school completion students and refugees and immigrants have received diplomas while he has been principal at Horizonte.
Besides his career work, Jim is actively involved in the community. He has coached youth soccer and basketball, and works closely with the Alliance House for the Mentally Ill, Crossroads Urban Center (he requires his staff members to bring a can of food to each staff meeting to donate to Crossroads), the Utah State Adult Education Consortium and the Horizonte Scholarship Fund.
Jim and his wife Shannon have two grown children, Claire and James, who both currently reside in Salt Lake.