SHS President Search Update December
Dear Sacred Heart Community,
Since our last search update, we have closed the candidate pool, reviewed the applicants, selected a small group of semifinalists, conducted interviews, and selected four finalists. November was a busy month.
At all stages of the process, the search committee has been consistently impressed with the quality of applicants. At the close of the candidate pool, 50 applicants from all over the country, including several alumnae, had expressed interest in leading our schools. Our search firm, Carney Sandoe & Associates, vetted each and every one of these candidates to find the very best to present to the search committee. The overriding sentiment from our recruiters and the search committee has been that everyone is very impressed with the quality of applicants, which our search firm describes as “above the norm.” The reputation of our schools and the Sacred Heart Community has been a tremendous asset in attracting such a large number of highly qualified candidates.
Carney provided a curated list of 15 incredibly impressive candidates, which made it hard for the search committee to narrow that field down to the seven we identified for semifinalist interviews. This diverse group of candidates came from multiple states with extensive backgrounds and experience in education. After a long weekend of interviews, the search committee narrowed down the pool to four finalists. These talented and qualified individuals have all accepted an invitation to come on campus for interviews this month.
During these on campus interviews, the finalists will meet with various stakeholders (parents, alumni, teachers, administrators, etc.) to help determine which candidate will be the best fit. The candidates have all expressed their heart-felt excitement about the chance to lead our schools, and the search committee is excited to introduce them. Before the schools close for Christmas break, we will have completed the last round of interviews for all four finalists. We are still on track to announce the next President of Sacred Heart Schools early next year.
Charles Paradis, Chair, Search Committee
Tim Rutledge, Chair, Board of Trustees