President Search

St. Mary's Ryken High School
President/CEO Search Update


Dear Members of the St. Mary’s Ryken High School Community,

I am honored to serve as the Chair of the Search Committee as we seek a new President/CEO to follow in Mary Joy’s footsteps.  Our process is underway and we look forward to keeping you informed as we consider qualified applicants for this position. 

Representatives from Catholic School Management, the firm we have engaged to facilitate the search, were on campus September 19 and 20 to conduct interviews and focus groups with faculty, staff, board, parents, alumni, students and benefactors to gain insight into the qualities needed for this very important role.  More than 100 SMR stakeholders participated in this process.  We have also established the email so that all will have an opportunity to share suggestions and ask questions. 

As a result of the feedback we received from the focus group process, we have developed a Position Profile that describes the President/CEO role, priorities and necessary qualifications.  This information will be posted on key websites and publications, but it is often through personal outreach that we find the best candidates.  We hope you will extend this ( to those you know who may be interested or are in a position to share this opportunity to others.  We have adopted a fairly aggressive timeline, with applications due by November 2, so please assist us in spreading the world.

We have a stellar Search Committee working toward finding an ideal candidate for St. Mary’s Ryken.  Please join me in thanking the individuals below for their commitment to this important task.

  • Mr. David Bowes
    (SMR’ 88, parent of senior)
  • Mr. James Burke
    (St. Mary’s Ryken Board Chair, SMR alum, parent, community leader)
  • Mrs. Patricia Carruth
    (SMR ’88 past board member, past parent of 2 grads, parent)
  • Mrs. Joelle Civil
    (Educator, Archbishop Neale School, parent of senior)
  • Mrs. Christine Senese
    (Board Member , SMA alum, community leader)         
  • Dr. Patrick Slattery
    (XBSS, recognized national leader in Catholic education)
  • Mrs. Eleanor Tennyson
    (St. Mary’s Ryken Board Vice Chair, past parent of three, parent)
  • Mr. Daniel White, Esq.
    (Board Member, past parent, parent)
  • Rev. Scott Wood
    (St. Mary’s Ryken Chaplain, Pastor, St. Cecilia’s Parish, Pastor, St. Peter Claver S. J. Parish, Chaplain, St. Mary’s College)

Please keep this effort in your prayers as we prepare for this transition of leadership.


Dr. Keith Crowley
Chair of the Search Committee
SMR Board Member
Principal, St. John’s Preparatory School