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Father Ryan High School announces new board chair, adds board member

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Father Ryan High School announced on Monday Julie Norfleet has been named the new chair of the school’s Board of Trust and Chris Fay, principal of Christian Brothers High School, has joined the board, according to Jim McIntyre, president.  

Both Norfleet and Fay began their positions on July 1.  

“I am delighted to welcome Julie to the role of chair for Father Ryan,” McIntyre said. “She has been an outstanding board member whose insights and perspective will be important guides as we implement our new Strategic Plan. And it’s particularly exciting to have Chris’s experienced educational counsel on the board, adding a perspective that will be valuable to the school’s mission. I look forward to another outstanding year for Father Ryan.

“The introduction of our new Strategic Plan is a testament to the leadership of our outgoing chair, David Glascoe, and I am grateful for his wisdom and his presence. More important, I am glad to have him continue as a member of the board.”

Norfleet is a Realtor with the Wilson Group Real Estate Services in Nashville and a 1988 graduate of Father Ryan. She joined the board in 2016 after prior service as a Father Ryan Alumni Board member and Annual Fund Class Representative, and subsequently chaired Father Ryan's 2015 Legacy Gala with her husband, Ed. Norfleet attended the University of Kentucky and graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a bachelor’s degree in English. She and Ed are the parents of two daughters, both of whom graduated from Father Ryan.

Fay has served as principal of Christian Brothers High School since 2010, when he became the school's first lay principal. Prior to this, he served as assistant principal at Christian Brothers and before that, taught at St. Benedict at Auburndale in Cordova, Tennessee. A 1998 graduate of Christian Brothers University, he will receive his Doctor of Education in leadership from St. Mary's University of Minnesota during the summer of 2019.

Founded in 1925, Father Ryan is a coeducational, college preparatory school serving 900 students. More information is available at

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