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NSA head of school leaving

Published 9:45pm Thursday, January 3, 2013

Nansemond-Suffolk Academy is searching for a new head of school after Colley W. Bell III accepted a position at a different school.

Bell will become the head of school at Middleburg Academy in Middleburg, Va., according to a message from R. Scott Carr, chairman of the board of trustees, in an emailed newsletter sent Wednesday.

Bell will complete the current academic year and begin his new job July 1, according to the email.

Carr touted Bell’s accomplishments, which included successfully leading the school through its five-year interim accreditation process with the Virginia Association of Independent Schools; creating a Middle School division; making physical improvements to the Upper School facility; implementing a Google Chromebook pilot program in the Middle School; and adding daily foreign language and physical education to the Lower School curriculum.

In addition, Carr wrote, NSA recently reached an all-time high of $1 million in gifts to the school and boasts five straight years of 100-percent faculty and staff giving.

“Working hand in hand with the Board of Trustees, Mr. Bell and the faculty and staff of NSA have celebrated many wonderful accomplishments since 2008, always with the student-centered mission in mind of providing an exceptional education while building character and integrity,” Carr wrote. “While this is a time of change for Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, we are confident the future of our extraordinary school is bright and we wish the Bell family the very best in their future opportunities.”

NSA spokeswoman Ashley Greene said the school has nothing more to share until the board of trustees meets to organize a search committee.

Bell did not respond to a request made through Greene for an interview.

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