President Sullivan Announces CALLED TO CONNECT: The Campaign for Nardin Academy

Last evening, at Nardin’s annual Founders Day celebration, Academy President Marsha Joy Sullivan announced the launch of Called to Connect: The Campaign for Nardin Academy, a $20 million effort which is the most ambitious campaign in the school’s 162-year history.

To date, $14,000,771 in gifts and pledges has been raised.

“Thanks to an unprecedented level of generosity, the Called to Connect Campaign will grow our facilities, expand student access, and further our mission,” said Sullivan during Thursday evening’s announcement.

The campaign is being led by chair couple Kirsten Brydges Lawley ’87 and Mike Lawley and marks the first comprehensive campaign the Academy has initiated, as it includes capital projects and fundraising for the school’s endowment, as well as for The Nardin Fund.

“This is Nardin’s time,” Michael Lawley told the crowd of over 150 people. “We invite everyone to connect with us during this campaign.”

The comprehensive campaign includes a competition gymnasium on the school’s Cleveland Avenue campus. It will provide the Gators with a place to call home and, with bleacher seating for 480, a space for the entire student body to gather. Likewise, a state-of-the-art wellness center will offer full Academy access to conditioning and training equipment.

In addition, construction is currently underway to build an outdoor community athletic complex, which will include two multi-use athletic fields, a softball diamond, bleachers, lighting, locker rooms, and restrooms at the site of the school’s student-focused athletic center on Elmwood Avenue.

Please visit for campaign updates and watch for our campaign newsletter in your email inbox. It will provide you with donor profiles, an insider’s look into the gymnasium and fields projects, and our fundraising progress.