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Long-time Director of Advancement to Step Down

DeSales High School Director of Advancement Joshua Blandford has announced he will step down from his position on June 30, 2019. Blandford has been in his position since 2004.

Among Blandford’s many accomplishments at DeSales, he managed the school’s 2008 "Stand Up, Stand Out, Stand Proud!" campaign and 2014 "The Time Is Now" major gift initiative, projects that improved nearly every corner of the campus and established a $1 million financial aid investment fund. In 2005, he established the annual Benefit Feast dinner/auction, a gala that profits over $100,000 annually. Additionally, Blandford raised over $13 million for DeSales in his 15 years in his position and oversaw an alumni association numbering more than 6,350. He was named an honorary alumnus of DeSales in 2014.

“DeSales is an amazing place, and I feel blessed to have been a part of it and have the opportunity to advance the school’s mission,” Blandford said. “I believe we have accomplished a lot together. I know DeSales will continue to thrive because I’ve witnessed first-hand the deep passion the staff and alumni have for this school. While it’s bittersweet to say goodbye, I’m looking forward to the unique challenges of being a full-time father for my two young daughters. I’m excited to begin this new adventure and to see where it takes me next.”

Blandford also oversaw the hiring of two new full-time positions in the DeSales Advancement Office – an associate director of special events and an associate director of alumni relations. These positions were added in response to the increased effort to engage more of the school’s stakeholders.

“I am grateful for the commitment and leadership that Josh has provided DeSales High School over his 15 years,” said DeSales President Dr. Rick Blackwell. “While we will certainly miss him, I admire the courage of his convictions in living out his family values. He is a role model for our young men.”

“Josh has been an exceptional leader of the DeSales Advancement team and has led the biggest development period in the history of our school,” said DeSales School Board Chair David Price. “We will greatly miss his dedication and personal approach to community fundraising.”