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Gilmour Welcomes New Head of School

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The search for a new Head of School has come to a successful conclusion. Mrs. Kathy Kenny, Senior Advancement Officer, has accepted the position and will be succeeding Brother Robert Lavelle beginning July 1, 2015. While a change in leadership is always significant, this appointment is particularly notable because Kenny is the first lay leader and first female in Gilmour’s history to hold this prestigious role.

Kenny is the first lay leader and first female in Gilmour’s history to hold this prestigious role.

Brother Lavelle announced in September 2014 that he would be stepping away from his current post as Head of School. A search committee was appointed and began the pursuit for our new Head of School. This comprehensive process generated interest from candidates across the country and took about six months to complete. After narrowing the field to three final candidates, the search committee recommended veteran faculty member Kathy Kenny to the Corporate Members of the Board of Trustees. The Corporate Members enthusiastically approved her appointment.

The Head of School has overall responsibility for: executive leadership, our Catholic identity/Holy Cross mission integration, ensuring the school’s reputation of academic excellence/rigor and facilitating highly effective relationships among Gilmour’s various constituencies. Mr. Fred Botek ‘85, Chair of Gilmour’s Board of Trustees said, “I am very excited for Gilmour. Mrs. Kenny is familiar with every facet of this school. She has the background and skills necessary to not only facilitate a smooth transition, but to propel us into a future full of exciting opportunities and academic achievement.”

Mrs. Kenny is familiar with every facet of this school. She has the background and skills necessary to not only facilitate a smooth transition. Fred Botek ‘85

The Head of School has overall responsibility for: executive leadership, our Catholic identity/Holy Cross mission integration, ensuring the school’s reputation of academic excellence/rigor and facilitating highly effective relationships among Gilmour’s various constituencies.

Kenny was hired in 1978 as a faculty member in the English Department. Since then she has taught at every grade level from 7-12, written curriculum for English classes, facilitated professional development for Socratic seminar training for faculty, and led the senior team of faculty for many years. In 1990, she divided her time between teaching and administration when she assumed the responsibilities of Director of Communications and Publications. In 2003, she began to transition to institutional relationships with alumni networking and outreach events across the country, and has spent the last three years focusing on raising financial support for major gift initiatives at Gilmour, with particular effort on the new Lorraine and Bill Dodero Center for Performing Arts and a significantly expanded scholarship program.

Kenny has a couple months before stepping into her new role on July 1. She will continue with her Advancement responsibilities while she works closely with the Board of Trustees and her internal leadership team to develop plans for the future.

I look forward to partnering with students, parents, faculty, staff and administration

Brother Lavelle, current Head of School, is ready to pass the torch to Kenny. He said, “A new Head of School provides further opportunities for Gilmour. We can build on our rich history while finding new ways to fulfill our Holy Cross mission and vision. This is an exciting time for the school, one that is sure to benefit generations of students to come.”
When asked about the experience, Kenny said, “I’m honored and so appreciative. To be in a position to lead further cultivation of our spiritual, academic and advancement initiatives at Gilmour is a privilege. As the mother of three Gilmour graduates, I know that this school can provide life changing opportunities for our students. I look forward to partnering with students, parents, faculty, staff and administration to develop innovative programming that will enhance the culture and community for our students. I have tremendous respect for Brother Robert, who hired me in 1978. He has created a strong and transformational foundation, one that provides opportunity to flourish in the future.” Kenny is eager to make a difference as the New Head of School.