New President Search

Holy Cross High School is currently searching for its next President. Please visit this space to view updates from the search committee and other official information related to this position.

An Update from the Search Committee

posted: October 16, 2018

Our school year is well underway and we are grateful to Mr. Paul Geise for the leadership he is providing as our Interim President. Likewise, we extend our thanks to Mr. Amadeo Rinaldi who served our community so well as we encountered the tragic illness and death of Peggy Leger.We are grateful to all of you for your support of our Holy Cross Community at a very difficult time last spring.

One of Mr. Geise’s first tasks has been carrying out the mandates related to a generous gift from the Brothers of Holy Cross.Thus far, a number of needed repairs have been attended to in the building and on the property.Several studies are currently underway to plan for the future of Holy Cross High School. With funding provided by the Brothers’ gift, we have purchased computers for our faculty members and we will be undertaking a Gallup survey of our students to study their perceptions of their Holy Cross experience.Mr. Jeff Fryer, a current HC Board member, and Brother George Schmitz, a staff member at Notre Dame West Haven and the Brothers’ representative, serve as the Brothers of Holy Cross Gift Oversight Committee.

On behalf of the Board of Directors and the President Search Committee, we would like to take this opportunity to update you on the search process. You will find a New President Search page on our school website where we have posted the Position Profile, the list of search committee members, and information about Carney, Sandoe & Associates (CS&A) the firm we have hired to assist us in developing a list of qualified candidates. We encourage you to visit the page if you have not done so already.

Mr. Ed Malaspina, a former Board Member, has been serving as the chair of the Search Committee since February when it met to begin the process to select an Interim President. He continued in that role until two weeks ago. Ed had to step down due to personal work commitments that would not allow him to attend to the work of the committee as he saw fit.Mr. Patrick Clifford, a current board member, and Brother George Schmitz have agreed to carry on Ed’s work as co-chairs of the committee. We thank Ed for the time and effort that he devoted to keeping the work of the Search Committee flowing smoothly.

The Presidential search got under way over the summer months, and the Search Committee has met several times since the end of the summer to review resumes of prospective candidates from around the country. Several have been interviewed by the committee via Skype with recommendations sent to the Board of Directors. The goal of the Search Committee is to continue to review qualified candidates as expediently as possible and present finalists to the Board of Directors for review at their regularly scheduled meeting. It is the responsibility of the Board to make recommendations to the Brothers of Holy Cross who make the official appointment of the President. The new President of Holy Cross will take office on July 1, 2019.

Seeking Candidates for Holy Cross's Next President

posted: June 11, 2018

Holy Cross High School is seeking candidates for its' next President. Click here for the Position Profile which announces this exceptional leadership opportunity.

The President will primarily serve as chief strategist, visionary, and institution builder, setting the tone, securing all necessary resources, and raising the profile and powerful value proposition of the school throughout the community. High performing leaders from varied career platforms are encouraged to apply including: other Catholic and independent schools, higher education, as well as mission-critical foundations, associations, charities and the like.

All interested parties should contact Bob Regan, our search consultant at Carney Sandoe & Associates at bob.regan@carneysandoe.com

Holy Cross Community Invited to Participate in Focus Groups as President Search Begins

posted: April 12, 2018

A representative from Carney Sandoe will visit Holy Cross on April 24th and 25th. During that time, they will meet with several members of our Holy Cross community – Board members, administrators, faculty, staff, students, parents and alumni. Upon conclusion, job descriptions for both the President and Interim President will be finalized. Carney Sandoe will work through the procedures for potential candidates to submit for both positions.

Over the next week, we will reach out to members of our school community to participate in focus groups, which will be held on the 24th and 25th. We encourage you to participate and become part of this exciting time in our school’s history.


Nationally-Renowned Firm to Lead Search

posted: April 3, 2018

The Board of Directors and Search Committee have endorsed Carney Sandoe & Associates, Inc., a nationally-renowned search firm, to lead Holy Cross High School through the search for both the Interim President for the 2018-2019 school year and the long-term President. The process will begin by month's end.

Carney Sandoe is known for being a leader in President and Head of School searches for independent and private Catholic schools. This past March, a representative delivered a robust presentation to the committee that exceeded expectations. All members are optimistic about the outcome. More updates will follow.


Holy Cross High School Begins Search for New President: An Update from the Search Committee

posted: February 23, 2018

The Search Committee for Holy Cross High School's next President held its first formal meeting on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. The nine person committee is comprised of Board Members, faculty, alumni, current and past parents, and friends.

Committee members include:

  • Mary Brigham '79 & P'10 & '12, Board Member, Holy Cross High School; Attorney-at-Law
  • Patrick Clifford, Board Member, Holy Cross High School; Former Principal of Notre Dame West Haven; Director of Career Services at Albertus Magnus College
  • Debbie Graziano, Former Faculty, Holy Cross High School; Board Member, Notre Dame West Haven
  • Sister Pat Jamele, CND, Assistant Librarian at Holy Cross High School; Support Group Leader, Our Lady of Mount Carmel
  • Frank Monteiro '88 & P '17, Managing Member, Brass Axe Capital
  • Patricia O'Loughlin '83 & P '13, Current Faculty Member, Holy Cross High School
  • Julie Porzio '81 & P '20 & '21, Board Member, Holy Cross High School; Attorney-at-Law
  • Brother George Schmitz, CSC, Director of Planned Giving, Notre Dame West Haven

The committee will enlist the services of an educational consulting firm to facilitate the search. The school has reached out to two reputable firms, known for their success with private and independent schools. The committee will review bids and proposals from each firm with the goal of engaging one of them by March 2018. Once engaged, the firm will meet with the existing faculty and the current Holy Cross President, prior to reviewing suitable candidates.

The search for Holy Cross's new President will take approximately a year and a half. The anticipated starting date for the next President will be in July of 2019.

Amadeo Rinaldi, Holy Cross's current interim President, will leave his position in June 2018. There will be a gap between his departure and the starting date of the next President. The Brothers of Holy Cross and the Board of Directors are looking for a solution independent of this search.

As the process continues, updates will be shared with our Crusader community. This presidential search represents an exciting chapter in the future of Holy Cross High School. As the search moves forward, we will continue to share information with our Holy Cross family - administration, faculty, staff, donors, students, families, alumni and friends. Please be on the lookout for more emails, website postings and other announcements in the near future.

President Search Committee

Brother George Schmitz, CSC, Director of Planned Giving, Notre Dame West Haven, Holy Cross High School President Search Committee Co-Chair

Patrick Clifford, Board Member, Holy Cross High School; Former Principal of Notre Dame West Haven; Director of Career Services at Albertus Magnus College, Holy Cross High School President Search Committee Co-Chair

Frank Montiero ’88 & P'17, Managing Member, Brass Axe Capital

Patricia O’Loughlin ’83 & P'13, Faculty Member, Holy Cross High School

Sister Pat Jamele, CND, Assistant Librarian at Holy Cross High School; Support Group Leader, Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Debbie Graziano, Former Faculty, Holy Cross High School; Board Member, Notre Dame West Haven

Julie Porzio '81 & P'20 & '21, Board Member, Holy Cross High School; Attorney-at-Law;

Mary Brigham '79 & P'10 & '12, Board Member, Holy Cross High School; Attorney-at-Law