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April 16, 2021 - SJCA President Announcement

Dear St. Joseph Catholic Academy Community,

I am delighted to report that our President search process has triumphantly concluded.  Please join me in welcoming Deacon Patrick Moynihan who will begin working with Bob Freund in the coming weeks and will assume the President position on July 1.  The attached announcement will provide you with more information about Deacon Moynihan as well as the search process.

Click here to read more. 

Thanks to all of you who have kept this endeavor in your prayers.  It has been a privilege to serve as the Search Chair, and I am grateful to my committee members for their dedication to this process.

Sincerely,
Beth Bahr
Board Vice Chair and Search Chair

March 26, 2021 - President Search Update

I am so pleased to report that the President search is moving forward very well and we will soon narrow down the candidate field to finalists. Karl Ostby, President Search Committee member recently said “I’ve been very impressed with the caliber and number of candidates presented to us, especially considering how competitive the landscape is.” The Principal search, officially launched only last week, has prompted a number of applications and inquiries already.  We feel very optimistic on both fronts and thank everyone for helping to promote these opportunities.  Please keep both efforts in your prayers.

With gratitude,

Beth Bahr
President Search Committee Chair

March 16, 2020 - Principal Search Begins

Dear Family and Friends of St. Joseph Catholic Academy,
 

On behalf of the Upper Campus Principal Search Committee, I am happy to share the attached Principal Position for distribution to your personal and professional networks.  As mentioned in our communication regarding the President search, often the best candidate is one NOT currently seeking a position, so we need you to help promote this tremendous opportunity.  Please…

  • email those you know, and ask them to extend the Position Profile further.
  • post this on your social media, especially LinkedIn. 
  • talk it up during your socially distanced visits and video chats with friends, family and colleagues. 

If there are candidates you would like to recommend, but prefer that our search firm, Catholic School Management, makes the initial contact, please send that information to csmoffice@cbservices.org.  Initial interviews with Principal candidates are being scheduled this week.

These two positions are vital to the health and wellbeing of the St. Joseph Catholic Academy community.  Your ongoing prayers are requested and appreciated.

With gratitude,

Beth Bahr
President Search Committee Chair

March 5, 2021 - President and Principal Search Update

Dear SJCA Families and Friends,

We are pleased to announce that the first interviews for the new SJCA President were conducted this week. While the “deadline” for applications is March 25th, as noted on the official position profile (click here), our consultants are scheduling interviews and reference conversations as qualified applicant documents are received. We encourage you to share the profile far and wide to give St. Joseph Catholic Academy the opportunity to enlist the best possible candidate for this important position.

The process for the President and Principal searches, which has the blessing of the Archdiocese, is being handled by Catholic School Management, a firm which has had years of success in the world of academic searches. SJCA’s original attempts to secure candidates was not as productive as hoped and, in the interest of our beloved school, we brought in professionals to take the lead.  

  • They gathered a great deal of information from personal interviews, focus groups, surveys and internal documents.
  • They met via Zoom with the two Search Committees.
  • They helped us identify the qualifications of and priorities for the new President and Upper Campus Principal.
  • They wove this information into position profiles that will attract attention through focusing on our wonderful school and all it has to offer.
  • They are connecting with individuals who were suggested (when contact information or current employment was provided) to determine interest levels.

As mentioned, the President interviews are already underway. The Upper Campus Principal profile will move to the design phase on March 8, and should be ready for distribution shortly thereafter. The cutoff for Principal applications will be 30 days after advertising begins but, as mentioned in the profile, St. Joseph Catholic Academy reserves the right to hire prior to the deadline date should an ideal candidate apply. As with the President search, our consultants will schedule initial interviews as qualified individuals apply. We anticipate those interviews to begin within the next two weeks for the Upper Campus Principal position.    

For both positions, networking is key, and we appreciate all you can do to help SJCA attract the best possible candidates. As soon as the Principal position profile is designed, it will be posted on the website and emailed to our various constituent groups for distribution.

Please keep both of these important initiatives in your prayers as we work together to ensure we are doing what is best for our students while advancing the mission of St. Joseph Catholic Academy.

Gratefully,
Beth Bahr
Board Member and Search Committee Chair

February 24, 2021 - President Position Profile 

Dear Family and Friends of St. Joseph Catholic Academy,

On behalf of the President Search Committee, I am happy to share the attached President Position Profile for your review and distribution to your personal and professional networks.  Often the best candidate is one NOT currently seeking a position, so we need you to help promote this tremendous opportunity. 

Please…

  • email those you know, and ask them to extend the Position Profile further.
  • post this on your social media, especially LinkedIn. 
  • talk it up during your socially distanced visits and video chats with friends, family and colleagues. 

If there are candidates you would like to recommend, but prefer that our search firm, Catholic School Management, makes the initial contact, please send that information to csmoffice@cbservices.org.

Thank you for your assistance in this most important endeavor.  Please keep this effort in your prayers, along with all our teachers, staff, students and families.

With gratitude,
Beth Bahr
President Search Committee Chair

February 1, 2021 - SJCA Announces Search for President and Upper Campus Principal

With the upcoming retirement of Robert Freund, President/High School Principal of St. Joseph Catholic Academy, we offer our heartfelt thanks for his many years of dedicated service. 

The Board of Directors and Robert Freund, after much research and deliberation, has decided to establish a new administrative structure:  President, Lower Campus Principal (PK-5) and Upper Campus Principal (6-12).  We are now undertaking nationwide searches for the President and Upper Campus Principal roles.  Toward this end, we have engaged Catholic School Management (CSM), a division of Christian Brothers Services, to assist us with both searches.  CSM has served 3,000+ schools and dioceses across the country in the areas of strategy, planning and leadership, and we welcome their experience.  Our goal is find individuals who will provide dynamic, effective, faith-filled leadership and take our school to the next level of excellence.

A President Search Committee has been created and includes the following individuals.  We are very grateful to the members of this committee for their assistance.

President Search Committee

Todd Antony
Beth Bahr
Fr. Dwight Campbell
Jeanne Kessler
Teresa LaMacchia
Gina Madrigrano-Friebus
Karl Ostby
 

Upper Campus Principal Search Committee 

Beth Bahr
Fr. Dwight Campbell
Maureen Edwards
Maureen Edwards
Susy Harron
Gordy Hess
Louise Meyer

CSM is developing position profiles to advertise for the President and the Upper Campus Principal.  When these are ready, we hope that you will share them with your personal and professional networks.  Please think of potential candidates for each role and tell them about the wonders of St. Joseph Catholic Academy.  It is often from personal outreach that the best leaders emerge.  If you prefer to share the names and contact information with CSM, they will follow up directly when the searches officially launch.  You can send that information to csmoffice@cbservices.org.

Watch this space for updates and additional information.  Please keep these initiatives ‒ and all our students, families, faculty and staff ‒ in your prayers.

Lower Campus

7207 14th Ave
Kenosha, WI 53143
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Upper Campus

2401 69th St
Kenosha, WI 53143
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