Notre Dame Academy Enlists Headmaster for a Year's Tenure


(Tuesday, August 14, 2007 7:37 AM EDT)

With the departure of Notre Dame Academy's headmaster John Borley, the hunt for a new head of school is on.

To help with the search and to lead the school for the next year, Rev. Dr. George Conway has stepped in as the school's CEO in the interim.

Conway comes to Notre Dame with 24 years of experience as headmaster of St. Anne's-Belfield School in Charlottesville. He also has served as chaplain at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn., and worked in school ministry at the Woodberry Forest School in Woodberry Forest, Va., where he also served as director of admissions.

Conway said he hopes to reach three main goals during his time at Notre Dame.

“I hope to help the board as it prepares for the head of school search by making sure that the school reflects best practices in the business,” he said. “I also want to be able to assess the school's policies and practices internally, to make sure Notre Dame is ready for the next person . . . and I intend to have some fun. I'm delighted to be with kids and faculty. Despite my emphasis on administration, I was drawn to the business because I like being around kids.”

Initially, Conway started working with Notre Dame in late spring as a consultant from the Education Group, but when the school asked him to stay on as headmaster, he couldn't refuse.

Even though he hasn't been at the school very long, he said he has been impressed with the faculty and student body.

“They know I'm pretty experienced at this,” he said. “I think they seem to have warmly welcomed me, and are anxious to help me get off to a good start.”


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