Tim Caryl-Klika headshot
Colgate University, A.B.; Harvard University, M.L.A.
Year joined SPS

Playing with his kids, football, all styles of music

Tim Klika earned an AB in Art and Art History from Colgate University in 1998 and was employed at Colgate as the director of first-year aid from 2000 to 2006. Prior to that, Mr. Klika served for a year at Colgate as a campus life intern and as an admissions reader. He later earned a Master of Liberal Arts degree in Anthropology and Archeology from the Harvard Extension School while working at St. Paul’s. His graduate work focused on anthropology and culture, ultimately producing a thesis entitled, “The Role of Socioeconomic Status on Cultural Adaptation in Elite American Boarding Schools.” Having worked with admission and financial aid for over 20 years, the issues surrounding student culture, success and equity are central to his professional work.

As an undergraduate, Mr. Klika was a linebacker for the Red Raider football team and to this day still has a healthy obsession with the sport of football, both as the St. Paul’s defensive coordinator and as a fan. On the gridiron, one of his coaching highlights was calling the defense from the top of Gillette Stadium for the Big Red’s 2019 NEPSAC Bowl win.

Mr. Klika grew up in central New Jersey and still frequents the Jersey shore each summer with his extended family and friends. When not reliving glory days down at the shore, Mr. Klika can often be found immersed somewhere in the fiction of J.R.R Tolkien, lifting weights, practicing yoga and meditation or taking care of his houseplants. Mr. Klika also regularly finds himself around a pottery wheel.

Mr. Klika joined the SPS faculty in the fall of 2006 and lives on the grounds trying his hardest to not plant more hostas in his garden.