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Convocation ceremony for new leader of Nichols School

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Nichols School in Buffalo has ushered in a new leadership era.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says a convocation ceremony was held Friday afternoon to welcome the school's 12th Head of School.

"I love Buffalo. Buffalo has been the greatest surprised for me and my family," said Bill Clough.

Meet Bill Clough  -- originally from New Hampshire. Clough started his post at Nichols this past July.  He came from Berskhire School in Western Massachusetts.  But Clough was familiar with Nichols and Buffalo long before deciding to move here for work.  His brother-in-law is a 1982 graduate of Nichols and his best friend also graduated from Canisius High School in Buffalo. 

Clough started his new post as Head of School this past July, taking over for former leader Richard Bryan, who retired after a 30-year career at Nichols.

As part of a new strategic plan, Clough will be actively working to create new partnerships between the school, organizations, businesses and the medical community in the city.

"For me, it's just making sure we are deliberate in what we are doing. Making sure that we are staying in the forefront in science and math right now," said Clough.  "But the most important resource that we have is our connection with people in the city."

Clough wants to take advantage of Buffalo's Renaissance in the Buffalo Niagara Medical Corridor.

Nichols School is a private, preparatory school, founded in 1892.  Clough said enrollment is "strong".   

"We've been lower in the past ten years then we are now," said Clough. "We also know it is a really competitive environment. But Nichols has the good fortune to be in fairly stable financial position."