AHN President Search
To My Academy Family,
Earlier in the school year, I informed the Academy’s Board of Trustees of my intention to retire in 2021; next school year will be my last at Academy. It’s hard for me to believe I am closing in on the completion of my ninth year as Academy’s president. It seems like only yesterday that my wife, Maureen, and I arrived in Florida ready for a new phase in our lives, a bit nervous since we knew no one in Tampa. During our time here, we have made many wonderful friends and have grown to love this community. From the very start, we have felt welcomed. But as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end.
Working in an SNJM school has been one of the greatest privileges of my professional life. Partnering with the Sisters and getting to know them has been a real joy. I consider myself extremely lucky to have spent the last of my working years with them and the wonderful members of this faculty and staff. I am extremely proud of all we have accomplished together.
While the end of my tenure is in sight, the work I have left is not over by a long shot. This summer, the second floor of the Bayshore building, including the wings, will be renovated and brought up to the standard we established on the third and fourth floors. With your continued support, I will raise the money necessary to renovate the lower school on the first floor. When that project is complete, every student from pre-K to grade 12 will learn in brand new, 21st century spaces.
Between now and my last day, June 30, 2021, I will have plenty to keep me busy. I am making my intentions public now to give the board adequate time to find my replacement. The accompanying letter by Board of Trustees Chair Chip Yodzis explains the process and the timeline moving forward.
President, Academy of the Holy Names
Dear AHN Family,
Art Raimo joined the Academy in July 2011, and when he retires next year after 10 years of service, he will have helped to successfully transform AHN’s facilities, academic programs and campus culture. Under his exceptional leadership, our school has benefited in many ways, including:
- introduction of 21st century learning concepts across all grade levels
- design and completion of campus facility additions and environments that foster 21st century learning
- addition of new academic courses, including STEM courses, to prepare our students for the future
- improved extracurricular activities
All of these accomplishments have been done with a reverence to the history of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, and an overriding focus that the core SNJM values will continue to guide Academy into the future.
I would like to thank Art for providing a generous window of time to search for, and hire, a worthy successor. As part of this process, the Board of Trustees formed an initial President Search Committee chaired by Ernie Garateix, a member of the Board of Trustees, along with fellow trustees Daphne McConnie and Harold Astorquiza. Prior to expanding the President Search Committee to include additional representatives from AHN stakeholders, the committee’s initial goal was to interview and engage a search firm to help AHN find its next president. After an extensive review process, the President Search Committee recommended, and the Board of Trustees approved, the hiring of Catholic School Management to serve as the search firm. As a testament to the expertise of CSM, they were the search firm engaged by the Academy when Art was initially hired.
Ernie, Daphne, and Harold have done an excellent job in the initial part of the search process and the full President Search Committee has now been chosen. I would like to thank each of them in advance for their commitment of time and talent to serve on this crucial committee.
- Ernie Garateix - President Search Committee chair, current trustee, parent of Samantha A’18
- Greta Dupuy A’97 - current Board of Trustees vice chair
- Harold Astorquiza - current Board of Trustees treasurer, parent of Sara A’12 and Rachel A’14
- Daphne McConnie - current trustee, parent of Luke A’16 and Macy A’18
- Sr. Carmella DeCosty, SNJM - SNJM Representative, current trustee
- Doug Bogle - Dads Club president, parent of Robert (6th grade) and Anna (4th grade)
- Lisa Griffin Hodgdon A’90 - Mothers Association president, parent of Griffin (8th grade) and Emma (6th grade)
- Darcy Dwyer - High School college counselor, 19 years
- Allison Warren Almendares A’06 - 2nd grade teacher
With the expansion of the committee, the search for Art’s successor will begin in earnest starting in February with CSM staff on site in the later part of the month to conduct focus group interviews with AHN stakeholders, including parents, alumni, and faculty and staff. As these groups are formed, the committee will reach out to some of you to attend and represent your peers. The school will provide regular updates throughout the process in order to keep our community involved and updated.
During my service on the Board of Trustees over the past five years, I have been able to directly observe Art’s contribution and commitment to our AHN community firsthand, and I can assure you that there is no one more committed to the mission of AHN than Art has been. Although he will be difficult to replace, I know that Ernie and his committee will find a new president that will build on Art’s contributions, and the contributions of all prior AHN presidents, so that the Academy of the Holy Names remembers its history while continuing to focus on its future.
John J. “Chip” Yodzis
Chair, Board of Trustees
Ernie Garateix - President Search Committee chair, current trustee, parent of Samantha A’18
Greta Dupuy A’97 - current Board of Trustees vice chair
Harold Astorquiza - current Board of Trustees treasurer, parent of Sara A’12 and Rachel A’14
Daphne McConnie - current trustee, parent of Luke A’16 and Macy A’18
Sr. Carmella DeCosty, SNJM - SNJM Representative, current trustee
Doug Bogle - Dads Club president, parent of Robert (6th grade) and Anna (4th grade)
Lisa Griffin Hodgdon A’90 - Mothers Association president, parent of Griffin (8th grade) and Emma (6th grade)
Darcy Dwyer - High School college counselor, 19 years
Allison Warren Almendares A’06 - 2nd grade teacher
Focus Groups with AHN stakeholders
Candidate profile shared and job posted for application
Catholic School Management conducts initial screening interviews. Reference interviews are conducted for appropriate candidates. The President Search Committee interviews final candidates.
The Committee’s goal is to announce the next president, pending approval by the local Board of Trustees and Sisters of the Holy Names’ Corporate Member Board, by the end of the calendar year.*