The Haver­ford School re­in­states head­mas­ter

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Richard Il­gen­fritz ril­gen­fritz@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @rpil­gen­fritz on Twit­ter

The Board of Trustees at The Haver­ford School has re­in­stated John Nagl as head­mas­ter.

The Board of Trustees at the Haver­ford School has re­in­stated John Nagl as head­mas­ter of the pres­ti­gious Main Line school just one week af­ter pros­e­cu­tors with­drew an as­sault charge against him.

Ac­cord­ing to a let­ter from board Chair­man Wil­liam C. Yoh, the de­ci­sion was based on a “through and ob­jec­tive as­sess­ment of what re­mains a deeply per­sonal mat­ter in­volv­ing Dr. Nagl and his fam­ily.”

Nagl’s re­in­state­ment will take ef­fect this Fri­day.

Nagl was sus­pended from his po­si­tion as the head of school following his be­ing charged by Haver­ford po­lice with an as­sault charge Oct. 10. The charge was later with­drawn by Delaware County Dis­trict At­tor­ney Jack Whe­lan.

“In re­view­ing the case in its en­tirety, in­clud­ing af­fi­davits, wit­ness state­ments, ad­di­tional ev­i­dence and per­sonal in­ter­views, al­though there was prob­a­ble cause for po­lice to ef­fec­tu­ate this ar­rest, we be­lieve there is in­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence to pro­ceed with the pros­e­cu­tion of this case. There­fore we are with­draw­ing the charge (sim­ple as­sault M3) filed Oct. 10, 2016 and clos­ing the file,” the state­ment signed by Whe­lan read.

Yoh added that he met with Nagl following the board’s de­ci­sion where he ex­pressed his sin­cere re­gret on the mat­ter.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate the sup­port of the Haver­ford School com­mu­nity as our fam­ily goes through a dif­fi­cult time of heal­ing and as I per­son­ally re­flect on how I can grow as a fa­ther and as a leader. I am hum­bled and hon­ored to have the op­por­tu­nity to re­sume du­ties as the school’s head­mas­ter and con­tinue our im­por­tant work of pre­par­ing boys for life,” Nagl said in a state­ment.

“I am hum­bled and hon­ored to have the op­por­tu­nity to re­sume du­ties as the school’s head­mas­ter and con­tinue our im­por­tant work of pre­par­ing boys for life.” — John Nagl

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