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A Message from the Search Committee

Jason Curtis

It is with great pleasure that we announce that the Board of Directors and the Brothers of Holy Cross have unanimously selected Mr. Jason Curtis to become President of Saint Francis High School effective July 1, 2019. Jason comes to us from Cardinal Gibbons High School in the Diocese of Raleigh, N.C.

Last spring the Board of Directors formed the President Search Committee and a consultative group comprised of board members, administrators and retired administrators, faculty and representatives from the Brothers of Holy Cross.

It is with great pleasure that we announce that the Board of Directors and the Brothers of Holy Cross have unanimously selected Mr. Jason Curtis to become President of Saint Francis High School effective July 1, 2019. Jason comes to us from Cardinal Gibbons High School in the Diocese of Raleigh, N.C.

The committee engaged the entire school community in defining the essential attributes for the next president of Saint Francis High School and the committee defined its charge: to find a Catholic visionary leader with entrepreneurial and educational experience who would excel in executing and driving our exciting and ambitious strategic plan, Leading with Hope and Zeal.

Working with the educational search firm, Carney, Sandoe & Associates, over the course of the summer and for five months in the fall, the President Search Committee interviewed many exciting candidates. In January, the Search Committee brought three of the most experienced and talented candidates to our campus to continue the interview process with the Search Committee and to meet with the Board of Directors, the leadership team and our faculty, staff and students. At the conclusion of this comprehensive process, it was the unanimous recommendation of the President Search Committee that Jason is the right candidate to serve as the next president of our school.

Jason brings a wealth of experience in Catholic education to the position. In his 22 years as a Catholic school educator, he has been a teacher, coach, department head, assistant principal and principal. In the last 13 years, he has served as principal/head of school at Cardinal Gibbons, a co-ed Catholic School of 1500 students, overseeing both the operations and advancement programs of the school. He is excited to enter into the next chapter of his career at Saint Francis where he can focus his energy on the role of the President, driving forward our strategic plan and, in partnership with all of you, advancing Saint Francis High School into the future.

On behalf of the Brothers of Holy Cross and the Board of Directors, we would also like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to Fr. Tony Mancuso, Katie Teekell, Jim Bowler and the entire leadership team, who skillfully guided the school during this interim, allowing the Search Committee to take the necessary time to identify the best person to build on our educational mission and lead Saint Francis into the future.

Please join us in warmly welcoming Jason and his family to Saint Francis High School. We believe that Jason will be an exceptional leader for our school.

Sincerely,

Michael Reedy
Chairman of the Board of Directors

April Sakara-Gilley
President Search Committee Chair
Board Member

Jason Curtis Biography

Jason is an energetic, creative educator, a proud advocate of Catholic education, and passionate about building joyful, loving school and parish communities. A grateful beneficiary of Catholic education at Our Lady of Grace K-8 school and St Augustine High School (both in San Diego, CA), Jason graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in History and a minor in Political Science and later earned a Master’s degree in Catholic School Leadership from Marymount University (Arlington, VA).

After graduating from SCU, Jason attended law school at UC Hastings, and worked in various business opportunities in the Bay Area. Coaching volleyball in high school (Piedmont Hills) and college (Stanford University) led him to Archbishop Mitty High School in 1997. At Mitty, Jason discovered his passion for Catholic high school education through classroom teaching, serving as the Social Studies Department Chair and Head Volleyball Coach, and by leading retreats, developing new curriculum, and exploring emerging classroom technologies and sharing them with colleagues.

In 2000, Jason and his family moved to North Carolina to accept a position teaching Social Studies and Theology at Cardinal Gibbons High School (Raleigh, NC). At Gibbons, Jason has served as a classroom educator and coach, an Assistant Principal, became Principal (Head of School) in 2006, and as one of the few Californians on staff, is also the moderator of the Surf Club (100+ members strong!). In his time as Principal, the school has increased its enrollment by 40% to its present total of over 1500 students, doubled the school building, and increased annual giving and endowment by over 300%. The school also instituted a 1-1 laptop program, dramatically increased student engagement in athletics, arts, and co-curriculars, and recently completed the acquisition of an off-site retreat center to accommodate an extensive retreat program.

Jason is grateful to be a colleague to an amazing group of educators, a mentor to truly thoughtful and inspiring students who are willing to both lead and serve, and a member of a school community that values and encourages joyful play, challenging innovation, inspiring spiritual formation and truly remarkable hospitality (visit www.twitter.com/principalcghsnc for Jason’s most current Gibbons updates and for a unique perspective on campus life and culture).

A frequent presenter and facilitator at schools and parishes on leadership development, Jason is energized by opportunities to encourage and mentor leaders in articulating vision and moving their communities. He has been privileged to speak to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, to present at the groundbreaking for Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral (Diocese of Raleigh) and again at its dedication, and serves on the Board of Note in the Pocket, which provides clothing for impoverished and homeless schoolchildren in Wake County. He remains active in athletics, serving on numerous leadership committees for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, continuing to coach youth volleyball, and collaborating on a coaching blog.

Jason is married to Kelly (originally from Saratoga, CA, and also a graduate of SCU), and they are the proud parents of Jake (University of North Carolina at Charlotte), Emily (Villanova University), Maggie (Cardinal Gibbons High School) and Erin (St. Michael School).

President Search Committee

Board of Directors
  • April Sakara-Gilley, Chair
  • Joe Cassin
  • Bob Franceschini ’75
  • Chris Gomo
Brother of Holy Cross
  • Br. Donald Blauvelt, C.S.C.
President Emeritus
  • Kevin Makley
Principal Emeritus
  • Patricia Tennant
Faculty
  • Mike Mitchell