President Marsha Joy Sullivan Announces Plan to Retire from Nardin Academy

Dear Nardin Academy Community,

With gratitude and humility, I announced this past weekend to the Nardin Academy Board of Trustees that I intend to retire on June 30, 2021. Nardin Academy has never been stronger and I am confident this is the right time for me to hand over the reins.

For the past five years under the leadership of past board chair Lisa Walsh and current chair Tish Van Dyke ‘82, the board successfully implemented the priorities of the 2017-2022 Strategic Plan. It focused on maximizing student potential, engaging students in the world and creating a dynamic Nardin community. 

During this time, amazing things have happened at Nardin Academy. We expanded and modernized academic programming while increasing focus on students’ health and well-being, launched a 20 million dollar capital campaign and opened our new Gymnasium & Wellness Center, Athletic Center and Community Athletic Complex. 

As the premier Catholic, independent school in Western New York, I am especially honored to lead a school built on the values of equity, social justice, community and service in the tradition of our founders, the Daughters of the Heart of Mary. I would like to thank the board of trustees, past and present, for their unwavering support and Nardin’s Leadership Team, who endeavor every day to enhance and strengthen our Academics, Athletics, Diversity, Inclusion and Opportunity, Enrollment Management, Finance and Operations, Institutional Advancement and Technology Integration departments. I would also like to thank Nardin’s dedicated faculty and staff, who are second to none in their expertise and commitment to our students and school.

My announcement comes after significant consideration and careful planning. The board has formed a subcommittee to serve as the search committee for the 26th president of Nardin Academy. Led by trustee Bruce Popko, working alongside Tish and the members of the subcommittee, I am fully confident that this group of dedicated and diligent trustees will carry out a thoughtful and thorough search process. It will find the most qualified and committed candidate, who will embody Nardin’s esteemed tradition, mission and values and take our school to even greater heights.

Serving as president of Nardin Academy has been one of the greatest privileges of my life. I have watched our families send generations of children through our doors, our faculty and staff teach with unmatched confidence and care and our students go on to do amazing things for our world with every passing year. 

As the first lay president of Nardin, I will be forever grateful and humbled for the trust our students, families, faculty, staff and founders placed in me. Our founders, the Daughters of the Heart of Mary, are guided by the value of Embracing All. I would like to thank every member of the Nardin family for supporting and always embracing me.

Be well, stay safe and God Bless,

Marsha Joy Sullivan
President, Nardin Academy

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