Officials of the Massachusetts School Administrators’ Association (MSAA) said they are pleased to announce John Buckey, a native of Newcomerstown, as the new MSAA President.

John has been an active member of the MSAA Board of Directors since 2013, and quickly joined the ranks of Board Leadership in 2015. Last year, John served as MSAA Vice-President and Chair of the Finance and Personnel Committee. John’s engaging leadership style, coupled with his commitment to inclusivity, has drastically and positively helped shape Association policy and procedures.

In 2012, Dr. Buckey was the recipient of the Bertram H. Holland Award for High School Principal of the Year. John was hired as principal at Nantucket High School in 2008, during what was termed during a particularly difficult time for the school and community. Without hesitation, John jumped in to resolve a number of school problems and quickly helped change the school climate.

As previously stated by Assistant Principal John Lucchini, "John (Buckey) is the rising tide for Nantucket High School."

John earned his bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Secondary Education from Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky. He continued his education by completing his master’s degree in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from The Harvard Graduate School of Education. Most recently, John completed his doctoral studies at Northeastern University.

John started his educational career in Ohio as Dean of Students at The Andrews School. He went on to serve as both Assistant Principal and Principal at Littleton High School (MA) before his appointment as principal of Nantucket High School in 2008.

"The MSAA welcomes John Buckey as President," officials said, "and looks forward to continuing our mission of serving the needs of elementary level, middle level and high school administrators while supporting and promoting quality educational opportunities for elementary, middle and high school students throughout Massachusetts."