Thomas (TJ) Mackey

Vice President, Student Affairs and Executive Dean

Since his arrival in  2014, Mr. Mackey has led all aspects of the Academy's comprehensive Student Affairs program, including student life, wellness and recreation, Health Services, and student activities on the Interlochen campus. As such, he interacts with educational and artistic leadership, serving both the Interlochen Arts Academy and the Interlochen Arts Camp.

Mr. Mackey grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Political Science and English. After starting his career coaching collegiate lacrosse, he moved to Maine and began teaching at Bridgton Academy and then at Carrabassett Valley Academy, where he also worked as the Dean of Students. From there, he completed a Masters in Education Leadership at the Teachers College, Columbia University, and then worked as the Assistant Head of School at Telluride Mountain School in Colorado. Following, Mr. Mackey served as the Assistant Head of School at Heritage Academy in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, the Head of the Middle School at Seattle Country Day School in Seattle, Washington, and as Director of Residential Life at the Ross School in East Hampton, New York.