The Norfolk Academy Board of Trustees is proud to announce that the new facility being constructed in the center of campus will be officially named the “James Buckner Massey Jr. Leadership Center.” Mr. Massey was Headmaster from 1950 to 1978, an extraordinary 28-year tenure, and he led the school’s transformation from a fledgling boys’ school to a nationally-recognized, co-educational day school.
Dr. Thomas A. Alberico, President of the Board of Trustees, made the formal announcement of the naming of the Massey Leadership Center at a May 1 dinner recognizing early leaders of the upcoming capital campaign. Headmaster Dennis G. Manning read the inscription that will be on a plaque to be installed in the new center. The evening included remarks by Mr. Glenn A. Youngkin ’85, President and Chief Operating Officer of The Carlyle Group; Academy seniors Miss Stuart G. Luter and Mr. Pablo Vasquez Paramo, both Fellows in the Center for Civic and Global Leadership (CCGL); and faculty member Toy D. Savage, III ’71. Mr. John O. “Dubby” Wynne ’63, Chairman of the Board of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation and retired President and CEO of Landmark Communications, spoke of the central role Mr. Massey had played in shaping his life’s arc – “He saw in me something I had never seen in myself.” Finally, Mr. Massey’s son, the Honorable Joseph P. Massey ’69, Chief Judge of the Norfolk Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, thanked the school on behalf of the entire Massey family.
Mr. Massey’s imprint upon this school is every bit as distinct and present as it was the day he stepped down. Mr. Massey lived by the precept that each student should acquire the disposition to “accept hard work as a normal part of life.” Further, under his direction Norfolk Academy had as one of its fundamental principles the preparation for students to “discharge unfailingly their responsibilities” in service to others and to their communities. The roster of Norfolk Academy graduates who are civic, social, and business leaders in Hampton Roads and around the world is proof that Mr. Massey and the school were successful in meeting these goals.
Work on utilities to supply the new facility began in March, with heavier construction to follow this summer. The Massey Leadership Center will provide offices and meeting rooms for student leadership programs, such as the CCGL and service-oriented clubs, as well as space for International Programs and administrative offices.