Andrew Carrigan 87: Helping CFS Tell Its Story
Andy Carrigan likens his engagement with Church Farm School since he graduated in 1987 to being in low gear,” supporting the school philanthropically each year and always eager to introduce Church Farm School leadership to his contacts in New York City, where he has lived and worked for 20 years with his wife and two daughters. Recently returning to the Philadelphia area, Andy says he was ready to step into high gear,” accepting a position on the schools Board of Directors. I have always been committed to the school, but now I have more time and energy to give.” He brings a ton of talent along with him. Andy has spent the past two decades honing his portfolio as an award-winning writer and creative director, helping tell the stories of brands such as Nike, ESPN, Coca-Cola, MTV and Rolex. He is currently working in the marketing department of the public policy division at Facebooks parent company, Meta. Getting the story right in a clear and consistent way” has always been a particular area of focus, he says, and hes excited to bring this skillset to Church Farm School to help drive enrollment.

Andy and his wife, Amees, transition to full-time remote work during the pandemic enabled them to move full-time to Chestnut Hill in 2020, nearby to his childhood home in Wyndmoor. Andy was introduced to Church Farm School by his great-aunt, who was a longtime benefactor, and friends of his father and grandfather, who knew Charlie Shreiner. The middle school experience was daunting, he recalls. I lived in the middle of a cornfield in Strawbridge Cottage. I couldnt have felt more out of place.” When he entered 9th grade, things started to gel. I wasnt an incredible student, but I had intellectual curiosity and I worked hard.” He credits, in particular, the late former English teacher David Schoettle for inspiring his interest in creative writing. He broke down themes in a very relatable way.” Mr. Schoettle, much like the CFS teachers of today, didnt forget about Andy when he graduated. At Andys request, he visited him at Washington College during his sophomore year to talk about a potential career in writing. We talked at length. That really validated me, and I started to consider writing more seriously.”

After Washington College, and with his sights set on advertising, Andy pursued grad school at Atlantas Portfolio Center, where he graduated near the top of his class. At the time, that was the school for advertising, so almost 100% of my class was recruited. And I was off and running.” Andy says that although he was able to rise through the ranks through hard work and sometalent, finding his voice as a writer only came after he learned the craft of storytelling. As a board member, he hopes to work closely with the school to tell the CFS story and assist scholars in figuring out what excites them before they are halfway through college. College was a lot of trial and error for me. I want to help CFS students figure out what lights them up now.”   
The Church Farm School is an independent boarding and day school for boys in grades 9-12 located in Exton, PA. Founded in 1918 to provide an excellent education to young men from limited means, Church Farm School now serves boys from a range of socio-economic circumstances who are seeking an extraordinary educational opportunity. The school offers a challenging college preparatory curriculum and an exceptional level of personal attention, with class sizes averaging between just 7 and 12 students.