Presidential Search

The Board of Directors for the Academy of Notre Dame has engaged a search firm to fill the position of President and is currently reviewing resumes and scheduling interviews. Below please find letters from President Randall Adams announcing his departure and Chairman of the Board Joseph McNamee addressing the search process. This page will be updated as the process continues. Please direct all questions to Mr. McNamee.


June 15, 2018

Dear Academy of Notre Dame Community,

Those of you who I have seen and talked to throughout the school year have undoubtedly heard me say that this year has been an incredible year and we have made a great deal of progress over the past twelve months. I am up-beat and encouraged about the staff, programs and initiatives we have put together for the coming year and look forward to further progress and growth in the near future. Simply put, I could not be more positive or proud of what we have to offer our students and the current state of our school.

That said, I have spent the past thirty years of my life in education; first as a coach, then as a teacher, and now, for the past twenty years, as a school administrator. It’s been my dream to have a successful and fulfilling career in a field that makes a difference in the lives of others, and to be proud of the body of work I have so dearly embraced. For the past two years, the Academy of Notre Dame has given me the opportunity to fulfill my dream and I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to serve your children. 

With all of the aforementioned taken into consideration, it is with a heavy heart that I inform you of my intention to depart the Academy this summer. This has been an extremely difficult decision, and one that I have struggled with for the past four weeks. The reasons for my departure are family related and extremely personal. However, I will tell you that the need at this time for Debbie and I to be home in California with our children and grandchildren is the fundamental reason for my departure. 

The Academy has given so much to me and I can only hope I have given equally in return. My two years here have helped me forge a stronger relationship with God and have given me the opportunity to build countless valuable friendships with staff, students and our parents. NDA has enriched my life in a way I never could have expected; far beyond what I could have ever anticipated from simply going to work each day. I have truly enjoyed working in collaboration with the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, Board of Directors and will be forever grateful for their support and encouragement.

I will remain in contact with the Academy senior staff and board of directors as needed throughout the summer and the coming fall so that this time of transition can be as smooth as possible. Know that my physical absence from the Academy will not deter my passion for and commitment to this wonderful school.

Thank you for your understanding and support.


June 14, 2018

Academy of Notre Dame
180 Middlesex Road
Tyngsboro, MA 01879

Dear Parents, Alumnae/i and Friends,

As Chair of the Board of Directors, I write to inform you that I have received the unexpected resignation of Randall Adams as President of the Academy of Notre Dame. On behalf of the Board of Directors and the Academy of Notre Dame community, I thank President Adams for his dedication and commitment to our learning community. We have achieved so much in such a short time and he will be missed. Although President Adams will not be returning in the fall, he will work with us throughout this period of transition. President Adams is leaving to care for a family issue. He has conveyed to us his love and optimism for a bright future for the Academy of Notre Dame. I want to wish him the very best as he returns to California to be near his family and continue his work in education. 

In a very short time, President Adams has positioned us to guide our school to new heights. I am pleased to report that we have just finished an Institutional Assessment with CSM, Catholic Schools Management. The team of highly experienced school administrators worked over the past three months to make recommendations for us to adopt:

  • Renewed focus on our mission for student, facility and families
  • Academic rigor to focus on redoubling our efforts based on research, methodology and accountability
  • Expand our offerings and integration of STEM coursework and use of our Makerspaces
  • Increase enrollment and increase use of technology
  • Programs to highlight our Upper School commitment to women’s learning styles, leadership and, health as key components of
    preparedness for college and beyond.

The above bullet points highlight a few of the many recommendations we are pleased to have in hand and look forward to implementing. We do not need to look further than the graduating class of 2018 to see the strong foundation we have to build upon. Our young women have 100% percent college acceptance and over 13 million dollars in scholarships and more than 50% will major in a STEM related disciplines in college.  The valedictorian of 2018 will be attending the University of Notre Dame and plans to study bio-chemistry. Our 8th grade girl and boy graduates spoke with pride at graduation of our mission and their preparedness for high school. We are blessed to have a strong foundation, relevant mission and a more than 150-year history to build upon.

Now that we have Catholic School Management’s plan in hand we will set high goals for the Notre Dame learning community. Intentionally we will deploy the recommendation to strengthen our Early Years, Elementary, Middle School and High School. We will work with our dedicated faculty and administrators to achieve these ambitious goals and provide the very best education possible for our students. I thank President Adams for putting us in such a great position to move forward.

As parents, my wife and I have sent all five of our children to NDA and my youngest daughter is now entering the high school this year. I would be remiss if I did not convey my optimism for the future of our Notre Dame learning community to you in this letter. 

President Adams will be missed by many throughout the Academy of Notre Dame’s learning community. Please know that the Board will be moving expeditiously in our presidential search process while keeping the Academy of Notre Dame community abreast of its developments. I will be relying heavily in this search on the members of our board and members of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur who bring their experience as educators and former heads of school for their guidance as we continue to strive for educational excellence and preparing our students for life.

In the meantime, I wish you and your family a peaceful and relaxing summer.

Sincerely yours,
Joseph McNamee, Chair
Board of Directors