AHN President Search
- Update on the President Search - August 27
- Update on the President Search - June 5
- A Letter from Search Chair Ernie Garateix
- Update on the President Search
- President Search Committee
- A Letter from Board Chair Chip Yodzis
- A Letter from President Art Raimo
Dear AHN Family,
I am pleased to report that our president search process has continued despite the challenges of COVID-19. The response to our position profile has been robust; thank you for your efforts in helping us promote the search.
On June 15, the deadline for applications, we had 10 additional candidates emerge for a total of 27! This is an extraordinary number and testimony to the strength of our school, Art’s leadership this past decade, and our wonderful students, families, teachers and staff.
Over the summer, we worked diligently with our search partner, Catholic School Management, to evaluate the candidates and determine who is the best fit for this role. The search committee has conducted two rounds of interviews and has identified finalists who will next meet with the Board.
We will keep you informed of our progress, and ask that you keep this endeavor in your prayers.
Search Committee Chair, Board of Trustees Chair
Dear AHN Family,
I hope all of you are safe and well and managing during these unprecedented times. The marvelous way in which AHN ever so quickly pivoted from business as usual to an extraordinary and effective e-learning experience has been an inspiration. Thank you so much to our tremendous faculty and staff!
As you know from earlier emails, the Board and Search Committee have continued to move forward with our search for Art’s successor, albeit on a slightly adjusted timeline. If you’ve not yet read the position profile, please take a look and note that the application deadline is JUNE 15.
I am pleased to report that we have already obtained a solid response to our advertisement and outreach. However, in our effort to obtain the best possible leader for AHN, we ask you to share the profile and the deadline date with your personal and professional networks. Often, the best candidate is not actively seeking a position but, because of this kind of contact, new possibilities emerge. Please join us in extending the profile.
And, of course, please keep this effort and everyone in the Academy family in your prayers.
Search Committee Chair, Board of Trustees Member
Dear Academy Community,
I hope that you and yours are well during these most unprecedented times. Although we are all working under different circumstances these days, we continue to advance the mission and ministry of the Academy of the Holy Names, and for that we need your help.
The search for a worthy successor to Art Raimo, as he looks to retirement in 2021, is underway. On behalf of the President Search Committee, I ask you to share the position profile with 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your assistance in this most important endeavor. Please keep this effort in your prayers, along with all of our teachers, staff, students and families.
Search Committee Chair, Trustee, Past Parent
Dear AHN Family,
Representatives from Catholic School Management, the firm the Academy has engaged to facilitate our search for the next President, were on site in February to conduct a series of interviews and focus groups with stakeholders. This was our first step in the process to find a worthy successor for President Art Raimo, who will retire in July 2021.
CSM met with nearly 100 individuals representing parents, alumnae, faculty, staff, board members, benefactors and Sisters and received valuable input on…
- the qualifications, skills, experience and characteristics the next president should possess,
- the challenges and opportunities for this position and our school in the coming years,
- advice for the Search Committee, and
- candidate suggestions.
Mary J. Foley, one of the CSM reps, said, “It was such a pleasure to engage with members of the AHN family and witness the tremendous passion and devotion they have for the Academy. The interviews and focus groups gave us wonderful insight regarding both candidate requirements and the many benefits he or she will enjoy by joining this vibrant community.”
We are in the process of building a position profile that will be used to promote this opportunity both locally and nationally. When ready, we will email the profile to our entire school family. We hope we can count on you to help extend this to your personal and professional networks. Until then, please keep this endeavor in your prayers.
Search Committee Chair
Academy of the Holy Names Board of Trustees Member
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
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
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
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.*