SHS President Search Update October
Sacred Heart Community,
As October heads toward a close, the candidate identification portion of our search for the next President of Sacred Heart Schools is also winding down. Over the last two months, our consultants from Carney, Sandoe & Associates have scoured the country looking for dynamic, mission-driven leaders to put forward as candidates for the next President. Both we and they are extremely pleased with the quantity and quality of the applicants. We are especially pleased with the number of candidates who themselves are alumni of our schools or referred to us by one of our alumni. A very special thank you to all who referred candidates to us.
While we will continue to accept applications for the next couple of weeks, in early November the search committee will begin the process of screening the admittedly very large pool of candidates down to manageable numbers for semifinalist interviews to take place in the middle of November. These interviews will give us a chance to learn more about the applicant’s leadership abilities and suitability to take on the role of President of Sacred Heart Schools. These semifinalist interviews will allow us to select a very small number of finalists to come for on-campus interviews in December.
These on-campus interviews will give both us and the candidates a great opportunity to learn more about each other. At these campus visits, a much larger number of our stakeholders (alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and students) will have the opportunity to interact with the candidates and provide feedback to the search committee. This feedback will play an important part of the selection of the next President.
Over the last two months, we have cast a very wide net to find and attract some of the most talented leaders available. During the next two months, we will be winnowing down this large pool to smaller and smaller groups of the very best candidates, until we have found our next leader. The support and assistance of the Sacred Heart community so far has been nothing short of spectacular. We will continue to keep our community informed as the process progresses and call on our community to continue to provide feedback.
Charles Paradis, Chair, Search Committee
Tim Rutledge, Chair, Board of Trustees