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September 26, 2019

President Search Update
Many thanks to all of you who have encouraged members of our St. Rita family and others to consider the President position. We are delighted with the robust interest we have received. A large number of highly qualified candidates have applied.

The search committee is interviewing those whose experience and areas of expertise best meet the needs of St. Rita High School at this moment in time. We are fortunate that the Search Committee, appointed to evaluate candidates and make a recommendation for hire, represents each of our key stakeholder groups: current parents, past parents, alumni, donors, Board, faculty, staff, administration and Augustinians. They bring the perspective of each audience to this process. We are grateful for their dedicated service.

Since the application window closed on September 13, candidate materials have been reviewed, telephone screening interviews conducted, and references checked. The first round of meetings with candidates and the Search Committee has taken place. Second interviews with those candidates who are advancing in the process are scheduled for early October.

We appreciate all those who helped promote the search and ask for your ongoing prayers as we seek out the best next leader for St. Rita High School.

Thank you!

august 22, 2019


President Profile

Role of President, Priorities, Qualifications and Application Procedure

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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:

Tim Baffoe

Wes Benak, St. Rita Class of ‘81 

Phyllis Cavallone 

Jim Gaylord 

Catharine Hennessy (Search Chairperson)

Fr. John Merkelis, OSA 

Ernest Mrozek, St. Rita Class of ‘71 

Clare Napleton 

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  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!