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Board of Trustees Appoints New Head of School
Doctor Nathan Quesnel, NFA's newest Head of School

The Norwich Free Academy Board of Trustees has appointed Dr. Nathan Quesnel as the next Head of School, replacing Dr. Brian Kelly whose last day is June 30, 2023.

Quesnel, who currently serves as Superintendent of Schools in East Hartford, is scheduled to start July 1, 2023.

“We know the landscape presents both great opportunities and great challenges. In this environment, it was important for us to find a leader who will not only continue to guide the work to secure our place as a leading secondary school in the state, but also continue to build upon and grow the fundamental pride so many have in this institution,” said DeVol Joyner, chair of the NFA Board of Trustees. “The Board is confident we have found that leader in Nathan Quesnel.

With his experience in East Hartford, as well as his knowledge of the region and state, he is poised to help grow the Academy while preserving the many traditions important to it.”

“I am so grateful for the trust put in me by the Board of Trustees,” Quesnel said. “As I have progressed through the recruitment and interview process, I have been excited about the opportunity to become part of the rich tradition and reputation of NFA. From the very beginning of this process, I was drawn to the unique governance structure of the Academy and the rich cultural tapestry that makes this school such a special place. While I know great work has been done, great work must continue. I look forward to working together to ensure we are preparing our students for success and fulfilling the mission first presented by John P. Gulliver more than 150 years ago.” To read more, click here.