A Message from the Search Committee Chair

The Saint Francis High School Board of Directors has retained the highly respected educational consulting firm of Carney, Sandoe and Associates and its Catholic School practices to assist in the search for our next President. Carney, Sandoe and Associates has been serving independent and Catholic schools with distinction for the past 41 years and has conducted more president searches than any other firm in this space. They are conducting a national search with a strong local and regional focus.

Members of the Board encourage visionary leaders who are entrepreneurial and capable of executing our exciting and ambitious strategic plan to apply for this position. Mission and culture alignment are essential to the success of our next President. The Board welcomes candidates from Catholic and independent schools as well as exceptional leaders from mission-driven industries including higher education, large-scale foundations, non-profit organizations and certain for-profit ventures.

Nominations from the community are welcomed and encouraged. Referrals should be sent directly to our consultants at Carney, Sandoe and Associates:

Bob Regan
Karen Whitaker

Thank you for your ongoing support as we continue this essential and exciting effort on behalf of Saint Francis High School. We will continue to keep the community informed of our progress throughout the year.


April Sakara-Gilley
President Search Committee Chair
Board Member

President Search Committee

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






Should you need to directly contact the committee for any reason, please send an email to: search@sfhs.com.

Position Profile

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To Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should submit electronically in one email and as separate

documents (preferably PDFs) the following materials:

  • A thoughtful, targeted cover letter expressing your interest in this particular position

  • A current résumé

  • A brief statement of educational or leadership philosophy and practice

  • A list of five professional references with name, phone number, and email address of each

  • (references will not be contacted without the candidate’s permission)

Materials should be sent directly to:

Bob Regan
Senior Consultant
Practice Group Leader, Catholic Schools Practice


Karen Whitaker

Start Date

July 1, 2019