October 30, 2018

Dear Prince of Peace Families and Community,

The Principal Search Committee began its work late in the Spring of 2018.  Our immediate task was to create a framework and timeline for our search that would ensure a large pool of qualified candidates, as well as sufficient time to review resumes, conduct interviews, and make recommendations to Father Smith, in time for our next Principal to begin working before the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

Pursuant to this timeline, we spent the summer months crafting a position description that identified the unique skills and talents that the school was seeking in a Principal.  This process was based on the results of the survey that parents, faculty, and parishioners were asked to complete at the end of the last school year, as well as the insights of the different members of the Board (which is comprised of teachers, parishioners, and school parents).  We are very thankful for your input on the survey!  We identified a number of key areas that we wanted to emphasize during our search.  It is our desire that the next Principal: cultivate the Catholic culture of the school; uphold and emphasize our academic excellence; lead our school and talented staff using well-honed administration skills; and establish and maintain effective communication with the faculty, staff, families, and parish.  In short, we are seeking someone who is up to the challenge of leading an intentionally Catholic, nationally recognized school that proclaims the Truth, Goodness and Beauty of our Faith.

To this end, we have developed a comprehensive local and national strategy for posting this position, ensuring that we reach out to a diverse pool of candidates in our state and region, as well as nationally.  This strategy includes targeted job posting websites, newspapers, blogs, alumni networks for Catholic universities (including Christendom, Notre Dame, the University of Dallas, Ave Maria, Franciscan University of Steubenville, and Belmont Abbey), publications in neighboring dioceses (including Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh, Savannah, and Knoxville), and regional/national educational industry groups.   We have begun the process of posting our job description, and the postings should go live this week.  The postings will remain open until January 15.

The Committee will continue to meet regularly to review resumes in the interim and begin the interview process, with a goal of making a final recommendation to Father Smith in late Winter 2019.

Please let us know if you have any questions about the process.  We ask for your continued prayers.

In Christ,

Beverly Farley & Gus Suárez, Co-Chairs, Principal Search Committee