Acting President James N. Leary
Archbishop John Carroll High School Acting President James N. Leary most recently served as chief operating officer of Dechert, LLP, a global law firm based in Philadelphia, with 1,000 lawyers and 26 locations, representing corporations, financial institutions, sovereign states, private and high-net-worth individuals, from 2014 until his retirement in 2018.
He has held several high-level administrative roles, including serving as chief administrative officer at Saint Mary’s Parish in Annapolis, Md.; executive director of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP in Washington, D.C.; executive director of law firm Shaw Pittman in Washington, D.C., and director of administration of the law firm Shipman and Goodwin, LLC in Hartford, Conn. Early in his career, Mr. Leary was an assistant basketball coach at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., Gonzaga High School in Washington, and was a middle school and high school teacher and coach in Buffalo, N.Y., and Seaford, Del.
In addition to his professional work, Mr. Leary has held several board and volunteer positions including vice president of the Foundation Board of the State University New York at Geneseo; commissioner of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, and he served as a member of the Board of Directors of Elizabeth Seton High School.
Mr. Leary’s body of work as a respected and proven leader in business and civics shows a commitment to excellence that speaks directly to Archbishop Carroll’s mission as an institution that works to ensure every student is provided a path to become the best version of their God-given self.