A College Preparatory Private School with Two Campuses in Suffolk, VA. Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 12.

Board of Trustees

Leadership and Governance

2019-2020 Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is responsible for governance and establishing broad policy that aligns with the school’s mission, vision and strategic goals. The Board of Trustees also provides fiduciary oversight of the school’s operations. The Board of Trustees is responsible for supporting and leading long-range strategic planning and fundraising efforts to ensure Nansemond-Suffolk Academy’s future growth and sustainability.

The Board of Trustees is generally comprised of 15 to 30 members. It strives to reflect diversity consistent with the stated mission of the school. Its members include alumni, current parents, past parents, grandparents and individuals from the broader community who bring particular professional expertise and perspective. Officers are nominated and elected by the full Board each year.

Trustees are elected to serve for a two-year term, and are eligible to serve for two additional, two-year terms upon expiration of their present term.  Trustees are expected to actively support and promote the school’s mission, vision, strategic goals and policy positions as well as fundraise for the school. Standing committees of the Board consist of:

  • Advancement
  • Audit
  • Buildings and Grounds
  • Inclusivity and Multiculturalism
  • Finance
  • Governance

In any given year, ad hoc Committees may be formed to lead various special projects or other strategic initiatives.  


Strategic Plan

We are committed to creating an extraordinary educational environment for our students, faculty and staff. In August of 2016, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved a new Strategic Plan, including a new mission statement, an updated vision statement as well as characteristics of professional excellence and core values that we foster in the NSA community. Many members of the NSA community participated in this 18-month process through surveys, focus groups and steering committees. The 2017-2022 Strategic Plan is a shared vision for our future that highlights six strategic imperatives to ensure that all aspects of the NSA experience continue to meet the current and future needs of our students. We hope that you will join us on this new adventure as we Engage, Inspire and Empower our current and future Saints!

2021-2022 Board of Trustees

L. Taylor Harrell IIIChairman and Inclusivity and Multiculturalism Committee Chair

Ashton Lewis Jr. '90Vice Chairman

Jennifer P. Bivins Secretary

Andrew L. Bolling '92 Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair

James M. Cox Advancement Committee Chair

David C. Townsend
Buildings and Grounds Committee Chair

Nicole J. Harrell '92 Governance Committee Chair