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Sullivan returns as president of Nardin Academy

Marsha Joy Sullivan, who served as Nardin Academy’s 23rd president from 2008 to 2014, has agreed to return to the top post at the independent school in Elmwood Village.

She has filled in as interim president since last February following the departure of John Thomas West III, who was named the school’s first male president in 2015.

“My heart and soul is with Nardin and I’m honored to return,” Sullivan said. “While I never really ‘retired,’ I am excited to continue the work, based on the school’s strategic plan, that we’ve been immersed in recently.”

“(Our) search revealed that we needed a new executive leadership structure as well as a new president and we chose Marsha to take Nardin forward under this new format,” said Charles W. Chiampou, board president. “It’s tough to beat someone who’s done such a stellar job for so many years and knows Nardin Academy – Montessori, elementary and high school – so well.”

Nardin has 913 students, according to its website.

The school also has made two other administrative appointments.

Sullivan announced that Rebecca R. Reeder, Nardin’s high school principal, has been promoted to senior vice president of academics to oversee programs throughout the academy. A search will begin immediately for a new principal, Chiampou said.

Also promoted was Leslie Johnson, Nardin’s vice president of finance and operations. She will become senior vice president of finance and operations and will be responsible for all of the school’s operational needs.

“The academy is embarking on a new and exciting master plan requiring detailed project management and Leslie will now be able to focus her attention and formidable talents on successful execution,” Chiampou noted.

The first Catholic school in Buffalo, Nardin was founded in 1857 by the Daughters of the Heart of Mary. Sullivan was the school’s first lay president when she took the post. All previous heads of the school had been members of the Daughters.

Nardin has two campuses, on Cleveland Avenue and West Ferry Street, and is made up of three schools – a coeducational Montessori program, an elementary school and an all-girls college preparatory high school.


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