Saint Stanislaus Announces Leadership Changes | SSC Bids Farewell to Brother Barry Landry

The board of directors of Saint Stanislaus has appointed Mr. Gary Blackburn president of the school and Mrs. Nancy Artigues principal for the 2024-2025 school year.  Mr. Blackburn succeeds Brother Barry who will complete an eight-year term as president. Mr. Blackburn and Mrs. Artigues assume their new roles on July 1, 2024.

“Brother Barry’s 13 years of service at Saint Stanislaus has been a blessing for our school,” said Mr. Robert Vollenweider, chairman of the board of directors.  “He has been driven to enhance our students’ experience and to continue the mission of Saint Stanislaus in providing a place of sanctuary. The formation of lay administration in the charism of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart is critical for the continued success of SSC. The board of directors firmly believes Gary and Nancy are well prepared to lead SSC as President and Principal, respectively.”

Mr. Blackburn has served as principal since 2017, and Mrs. Artigues has been assistant principal since 2018.  Mr. Blackburn has served in a variety of teaching and administrative roles at several Catholic schools, including nine years at Brother Martin High School in New Orleans, assistant principal at McGill-Toolen in Mobile, Alabama, for eight years, and five years as principal of St. Ignatius Catholic School, also in Mobile. 

Mrs. Artigues worked as a teacher, consultant, and administrator in Catholic and public schools including nine years at Holy Trinity and four years at St. Clare.  She also served as an instructional coach and private/public school consultant for the Mississippi Department of Education. 

Mr. Blackburn earned a Bachelor of Science in math education from the University of New Orleans and a Master of Science in secondary education from the University of Alabama. Mrs. Artigues received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology with a minor in education from Tulane University and a Master of Arts from the University of New Orleans in special education with certification in K-12 administration.   

Brother Barry served as academic assistant principal before being appointed president.  During his eight years as president, he led the school through the COVID pandemic and helped bring significant improvements to school programs and facilities, including the replacement of outdated main campus lighting with energy-efficient LED lights, as well as major renovations to the chemistry lab, including state-of-the-art technology, equipment, and furniture and the creation of the school’s STEM lab and classroom.  In addition, all other classrooms were modernized with improved technology infrastructure and equipment, new flooring, furniture, and white boards.   Outside the school building, Brother Barry directed the work to remove the old chapel and gym, which had become safety hazards since Hurricane Katrina. They were replaced with greenspace creating a more welcoming and visually appealing campus. 

“My time at Saint Stanislaus has been a blessing to me beyond measure,” Brother Barry commented.  “Gary and Nancy have demonstrated their total commitment to SSC and the Brothers’ charism. I am so pleased that they will be president and principal.  Our school is in great hands.”

Brother Barry will remain at SSC through the summer before beginning a sabbatical program in August.  He will then move to Metuchen, New Jersey, to begin service next January at St. Joseph High School where his primary responsibilities will be teaching as well as faculty and student formation in the Brothers’ charism.