Simon named head of Notre Dame advancement

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Gregory Simon, who first moved into Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy’s advancement department in 2014 to direct its annual fund activities, has been named this week by Head of School Andy Guest to lead the group as director of advancement.

In this position, Simon will manage and administer advancement and development initiatives as well as the procurement of major and designated gifts. In addition, he will oversee alumni relations, market research, the Notre Dame Fund, the school’s webmaster and the day-to-day operations of the advancement department at the Colin House.

In making the announcement today, Guest noted that Simon has been a major part of NDPMA for more than twenty years. 

“No one exemplifies the Notre Dame Marist spirit more than Greg,” Guest said. “He has served our Catholic institution as a teacher, a coach and administrator. He is well-known and loved by hundreds upon hundreds of students, parents and alumni and I am more than proud to name Greg as director of advancement, an extremely important position that manages all of the school’s fundraising and alumni relations initiatives.”

Simon first came to the NDPMA campus in 1995 shortly after the school opened. Since then he has served as both a social studies and government teacher in the upper division in addition to roles as student council moderator, assistant athletic director and coach of both basketball and baseball. In January 2014, Simon moved from a nine-year tenure as Notre Dame's dean of admissions and diversity to the school's advancement department as annual fund director where he planned and managed the annual-giving component of advancement.
 
Simon holds a B.A. in history and political science from Michigan State University and an M.A. in educational leadership from Oakland University. He received his professional certification in secondary education from Eastern Michigan University in 1995. He is a 1989 graduate of Notre Dame High School in Harper Woods. 
 
“The director of advancement position is one of great responsibility,” said Simon. “I am humbled and excited by the opportunity, and thank the Marist Fathers and Brothers, Fr. Leon, Andy Guest and our Board of Trustees for entrusting me with this important role. I look forward to serving with our wonderful teachers, staff, and administrators to improve the student experience and ensure a healthy, innovative and mission-driven Notre Dame is here far into the future.”

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About Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy

Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy is a private, Catholic, independent, coeducational day school located in Oakland County. The school's upper division enrolls students in grades nine through twelve and has been named one of the nation's best 50 Catholic high schools (Acton Institute) four times since 2005. Notre Dame's middle and lower divisions enroll students in jr. kindergarten through grade eight. All three divisions are International Baccalaureate "World Schools." The Marist Fathers and Brothers sponsor NDPMA's Catholic identity and manages its educational program. Notre Dame is accredited by the National Association of Independent Schools, the Independent Schools Association of the Central States and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. For more on Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy, visit the school's home page at www.ndpma.org.

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