Tom Stocks named President of SJNLA

Mar 17, 2019

St. John’s Northwestern Leadership Academies (SJNLA) announced that after an extensive search, it elected Thomas D. Stocks III to become the 17th president of the Academies effective April 1, 2019.

Mr. Stocks attended Wabash College in Indiana and holds a 1975 MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. He is a highly skilled executive and private equity investor with substantial business transformational experience as a CEO, lead director and active investor in numerous businesses over the course of his career. Mr. Stocks is a 1969 graduate of St. John’s Military Academy and has been extensively involved with it for more than 20 years, including serving on the Board of Trustees as well as chairing the Board’s Finance Committee. Most recently, Mr. Stocks joined SJNLA as its chief financial officer in 2018, and has established strong relationships with the Academy’s staff as well as a thorough understanding of its operations, strategies, strategic imperatives, and traditions.

“Our Academies are in the midst of a critically important period of transformation, including implementation of the 2018 Strategic Plan, assuring successful integration and growth of female cadets and overall enrollment, strengthening the management team, and aggregating the necessary financial resources. As we neared completion of an exhaustive search process that surfaced a number of very strong candidates, the need for a candidate with exceptional and proven transformational leadership skills became the paramount criterion for selecting the singular best candidate. We are extremely fortunate a person of Tom’s extraordinary caliber and demonstrated transformational capabilities was willing and available. He is truly the right man, in the right place at the right time to energetically continue our transformation without delay. We welcome Tom and his wife, Marie, to this new role in our Academies. I cannot be more excited for the future of our Academy,” said Mike Henn, chair of the SJNLA Board of Trustees.

Mr. Stocks succeeds Dr. Jack H. Albert Jr., who announced in September of 2018 that he would retire in June of 2019. Dr. Albert joined St. John’s Northwestern in 2004 following successful tenures at three other military academies and head of school at two of them. His many successes at St. John’s Northwestern include completion of the Academy’s $25 million capital campaign, “Cadets First,” and substantial completion of the current $25 million capital campaign, “Complete the Dream; Secure the Future;” initiating the admission of female cadets for the first time in the Academy’s 135-year history; and overseeing substantial improvements in the Academy’s physical infrastructure in recent years. Dr. Albert will continue as president until April 1, after which he will become president emeritus, assuming a supporting role to Mr. Stocks and the Academies until his official retirement on June 30, 2019.

“We will appropriately honor Jack’s many years of outstanding service and contributions to the Academy as his retirement date nears. For now, suffice it to say that on behalf of our Board of Trustees and the entire Academy community, we are extremely proud and grateful to have benefited from his leadership and substantial legacy upon which we can build,” said Mr. Henn.

“I am honored and humbled to be selected to serve as president of SJNLA. For 135 years, the Academy has educated, developed leadership skills and character of young people throughout the United States and the world, many of whom have gone on to great success. We have a great foundation and heritage built by Dr. Albert and his predecessors, along with a highly skilled and dedicated staff. I am tremendously excited and energized to build on this foundation, and am fully confident we will succeed in our mission to position the Academy for yet another level of success over the long term,” said Mr. Stocks.

Founded in 1884, St. John’s Northwestern Leadership Academies prepares boys and girls to become young adults to increase their potential for lifetime success through excellence in Academics, Leadership Skills, Spiritual and Character Development, and Athletics/Wellness.