President search update
AUGUST 16, 2019
The St. Rita High School President Search Committee held its inaugural meeting on Monday, August 12. We are grateful to all who have agreed to serve:
Wes Benak, St. Rita Class of ‘81
Catharine Hennessy (Search Chairperson)
Fr. John Merkelis, OSA
Ernest Mrozek, St. Rita Class of ‘71
Tim Ray, St. Rita Class of ‘87
Br. Joe Ruiz, OSA
Fr. Rich Young, OSA, St. Rita Class of ‘82
Based on the stakeholder interviews and focus groups, the Steering Committee has established a framework for the position profile and an advertising strategy. When the position profile is complete, it will be:
posted on the St. Rita website.
sent out to the St. Rita community.
advertised locally and nationally.
Upon completion of the profile, we encourage you to extend it to your personal and professional networks so that we can field highly qualified candidates. If you have candidates to suggest or information to provide the search committee, email to [email protected]. Please watch the website for updates on the search process and keep this initiative in your prayers.
St. Rita President Search Memo
August 1, 2019
St. Rita of Cascia High School is currently in the process of conducting a search for its next President, a strong leader who will join the St. Rita Family as it continues to build upon its storied 115-year tradition of excellence. Catholic School Management, a division of Christian Brothers Services and a firm the Augustinians have used in the past with other schools, has been engaged for this process.
This summer CSM has been conducting interviews and focus groups with representatives from the various constituencies of St. Rita as well as reviewing best practices in contemporary Catholic secondary education as we define the leadership needs at St. Rita at this moment and time. We are very encouraged with the direction that CSM has provided us. The input and level of commitment offered by the representatives meeting with CSM thus far has been of tremendous substance. The next and final rounds of constituency interviews will take place August 8 and August 12 and shortly after this the position will be publically posted. A Search Committee of 10 individuals representing all constituencies has been established. The Search Committee will interview the most qualified candidates and will recommend the ideal candidate to the Augustinian Provincial Council for approval and then appointment as the next President of St. Rita High School. We will keep all updated as we move forward in this positive direction.
As the search process continues, the day-to-day operations of the school are being led by Interim CEO & Vice President of Academics, Mr. Wes Benak ‘81, Vice President of Student Life, Mr. Josh Blaszak ‘02 and Vice President of Finance, Ms. Eileen Spulak.
St. Rita's Senior Administrative Team along with its other administrators, faculty and staff are committed to providing the entire St. Rita Family with the very best!