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Paul Nardone ’86, P’19

“Gov’s was a life-changing experience for me,” explains Revere native Paul Nardone, who came to Governor’s thanks to financial aid. He remembers the challenging environment that stretched him and inspired him to try new things. Everywhere he turned, he recalls, he was encouraged to take risks. And taking those risks built Nardone’s confidence.

“I never saw myself in a music class, playing football, or participating in student government, but because of Gov’s, I had the courage to try all three,” he recalls.

Nardone’s moment of courage came when he took a chance and ran for student body president. He won, developing leadership experience that made all the difference for him in college and beyond. After Governor’s, he continued his education at Tufts University, where he had the confidence to launch a snack company. Nardone later earned an MBA at Columbia and went on to lead a number of successful food and beverage companies.

Years later, Nardone had the opportunity to come back to the Academy as a volunteer basketball coach. “When I returned, I saw how outdated our gym was compared to other ISL schools,” he says. So he decided to do something about it, making a significant gift to renovate Alumni Gym and urging others to do the same.

“Now, I’m thrilled that Governor’s has the best gym in the league; it could have never happened without the generous support of others,” he concludes. “It truly is a gift to give back. I feel fortunate to be in a position to help the next generation of Governor’s students experience the true meaning of Governor’s motto Non Sibi Sed Aliis . . . not for self, but for others.”