Board of Trustees Dual Leadership Model Update - 10.7.20

Board of Trustees Dual Leadership Model Update - 10.7.20

Dear Sacred Heart Greenwich community,

Nine months ago when we named Margaret Frazier the 34th Head of School, we never could have predicted the amount of time, dedication, and inspiration it would take to reopen our campus this fall. We extend our profound thanks to Meg for her leadership and vision to reopen to every student, every day, and to all of the faculty and staff working alongside her on King Street.

During the Head of School search process in 2019, the Board of Trustees concluded that a strategic shift to a dual leadership model would best serve the long-term needs of the Sacred Heart community. The new dual leadership structure of President and Head of School honors our Catholic identity and focuses on the strength and consistency of our mission, academic excellence, and student experience. 

We detailed in our State of the School presentation in February how the collaborative model enables the School to build strength in operations and academic leadership as well as fidelity to the mission, institutional advancement, and financial management. In this dual model, the President serves as the chief executive of the School and is responsible for advancing the mission. The Head of School serves as the instructional leader and ensures the delivery of high-quality student experiences through the effective function of operations. The two roles are purposefully aligned to be complementary and create synergies, expand the depth of expertise, and create shared authority. 

The School retained search firm Partners in Mission to help us identify the candidate who will best serve in the new role of President and work alongside Head of School Meg Frazier. In addition to the Search Committee, we named an advisory group of faculty, staff, alumnae, parents, and past Trustees to help with the search process. The position description for the President is now live on the Partners in Mission website and the Sacred Heart website. 

The Board sees the current COVID environment as an opportunity to attract applicants from diverse leadership backgrounds. Our goal is to cast a wide net to engage with qualified leaders from education, university, business, non-profit, and philanthropic backgrounds. From our conversations with Head of School Meg Frazier, who worked with this dual model for 15 years at Georgetown Prep, we know she shares our belief that this shared leadership model will strengthen Sacred Heart Greenwich for years to come.

As with the search for the Head of School, we know how important this President will be to current and future Sacred Heart students. The Committee will update the community and, as appropriate, create ways for the community to engage in the process in the coming months. We encourage community members to share the names of any individuals who they believe would be a strong candidate for the School’s inaugural President with our search firm by directly emailing our lead consultant, Michael Furey at mikefurey@partnersinmission.com.

Sincerely,

Board of Trustees’ Search Committee
Sarah Jorquera ’79, P’17, Trustee, Search Committee Chair
Kathleen O’Connor ’89, P’20, ’21, ’22, Board of Trustees Chair 
Lynne Newman P’17, ’21, ’26, Board of Trustees Vice Chair 
Suzanne Cooke, RSCJ, Head of Conference of Sacred Heart Education
Mike Denvir P’26, ’28, Trustee 
Christine Di Capua P’23, Trustee, Education to Mission Committee Chair
Lisa Fallon ’89, P’22, ’25, Parents' Association President 
Karen Hamilton P’19, ’22, ’27, Trustee 
Ryan Sfreddo P’24, ’25, Trustee, Finance Committee Co-Chair 

Advisory Group
Lisa Fallon ’89, P’22, ’25, Chair
Kerry Bader, Director of US Social Justice and Service, US Teacher
Margaret Carter P’20, Senior Advancement Officer
Tony Costa, Business Manager
Katie Cullinane P’32, ’35, Director of Admission and Financial Aid
Meg Frazier, Head of School
Carmen Hughes P’27, ’31, One Heart Committee Co-Chair 
Ale Knight ’09, Greenwich-Maplehurst Alumnae Board
Susie McCloskey ’84, P’14, ’20
Doug Mellert P’14, ’20, Past Trustee
Meghan Mara Ryan ’01 P’29, ’29’, ’32, Director of Alumnae Relations
Haley Sonneland P’34, Director of Communication
Linda Vasu, Assistant Head of School

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