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McNamara leaves as Little Flower president

Jeane McNamara

Jeane McNamara left Thursday as president of Little Flower High School.

“Mrs. Jeane McNamara has resigned as President of Little Flower Catholic High School. We express gratitude for her service and commitment to Little Flower Catholic High School and wish her well in future endeavors,” Archdiocese of Philadelphia Chief Communications Officer Ken Gavin said in a statement.

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McNamara succeeded longtime popular president Sister Donna Shallo, IHM in 2018. She came to LF after 10 years as director of curriculum and instruction at Villa Maria Academy High School, an all-girls school in Malvern.

Gavin said James Leary, a member of the LF Board of Directors, has agreed to serve as acting president until a full-time successor is hired.

According to Gavin, Faith in the Future and the Office of Catholic Education will launch an immediate, national search for Little Flower’s next president.

The Times is seeking comment from McNamara about her resignation.

Leary has managed professional service organizations for nearly four decades. Previously, he served as the acting president of Archbishop Carroll High School.

Prior to his board service with Archdiocesan secondary schools, Leary served as chief operating officer of Dechert, LLP, a global law firm based in Philadelphia with 1,000 lawyers and 26 locations.

Early in his career, Leary was an assistant basketball coach at the United States Naval Academy as well as a middle school and high school teacher and coach in Buffalo, New York and Seaford, Delaware. ••

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