Regis Jesuit 2020: A Sharper Vision

Regis Jesuit 2020: A Sharper Vision is the name of the effort to implement the reimagined organizational structure proposed by the Organizational Assessment Steering Committee (OASC) that was approved by the Board of Trustees in November 2017. This restructure finds its genesis in the school's Strategic Plan for 2015-20, which asked the essential question:

Are the current organizational structure and decision-making processes of Regis Jesuit High School optimal for accomplishing the school’s mission and if not, how can they be improved?

In a process lasting ten months, the OASC considered this question and delivered the following recommendations to the Board that the Trustees have affirmed and tasked the school's leadership with implementing.

Key Recommendations

  • The optimal structure will have an overall, cross-divisional principal reporting to the president
  • Each division will also have a single, identifiable division head
  • Academic departments will be combined under one cross-divisional administrator
  • Athletics and Student Activities will be organized under one cross-divisional administrator
  • Adult Formation, Pastoral, Service and Diversity departments will be organized under one cross-divisional administrator

Goals

  • Streamline the organizational structure to enable clear communications and sound, timely decision-making
  • Ensure that the individual learning and development needs of girls and boys will be protected and fostered
  • Ensure that students have primarily a single-gender educational experience
  • Ensure that the quality of education students receive will be sustained or improved

Completed Steps

  • A Transition Leadership Team (TLT) was convened to advise on best way to implement the new structure with consulting support from Irene McPhail of Leadership Alliance International
  • David Card, the school's president, focused efforts on hiring an excellent principal and Jimmy Tricco joined the school as the first co-divisional principal in August 2018
  • The individuals who will serve as acting heads of the divisions and assistant principals during the transition were named and engaged in knowledge transfer from previous administrators to ensure current operations continued unabated

Next Steps

  • The remaining work of institutionalizing the new structure is entrusted to the Educational Leadership Council led by Principal Jimmy Tricco
  • Mr. Tricco will announce a process to determine the permanent hires to his team

The move to the new structure will be a two- to three-year process of implementation and continuous improvement (implement, review, revisit). All involved in operationalizing the new structure remain focused on quality to ensure that we continue to offer an excellent primarily single-gender educational experience for all of our students.

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GRATITUDE FOR THE WORK OF TRANSITION LEADERSHIP TEAM
10/5/2018

Update from David Card ’87, President

Last week, the Transition Leadership Team held its final meeting, having concluded the mission I formed it to serve. Though we remain in the midst of change, this advisory group’s role has been to serve as credible and trusted “apostles” to the change vision, to gather and synthesize feedback from our community and to ensure that school operations would continue forward smoothly, even while change is manifesting.

Now that we are seven weeks into the school year, the Transition Leadership Team has handed the baton over to our administrative leadership team—the Educational Leadership Council—which is led by our new and very capable principal, Mr. Jimmy Tricco. This body of academic and programmatic leadership ties the campus together and is principally responsible for promoting a culture in which every professional is invested in the holistic health and success of every Regis Jesuit student. Mr. Tricco will soon announce a process to determine permanent hires to his team, and he will continue to help us realize our streamlining objectives while preserving and strengthening single-gender education and environments.

While many things are still in progress, a lot has been accomplished in a short period of time with minimal disruption to the expectations and experiences of our students. I am profoundly grateful for the support and guidance of the dedicated group of Ignatian educators who participated on the Transition Leadership Team, for the wise counsel of Ms. Irene McPhail of Leadership Alliance International who coached us in change-management, and to Ms. Karen Wuertz for her diligent and caring leadership as chairperson of the team.

I hope the Regis Jesuit community will join me in expressing its gratitude for this team’s dedicated service to the mission of Regis Jesuit High School.

UPDATE ON THE RESTRUCTURE
8/31/2018

The Transition Leadership Team (TLT) is pleased to report that we have implemented some of the more significant recommendations required to realize the vision for our restructure outlined by the Organizational Assessment Steering Committee and adopted by the Board of Trustees in November 2017. A critical milestone was realized with the arrival of Mr. Jimmy Tricco as principal, on July 31. We now look forward to full implementation and embedding the changes into the fiber of what we do. The TLT meets next in late September to assess how their work should evolve in supporting the changes implemented to date and in helping move the school to operational stability. Progress on the other OASC recommendations to date includes:

  • Each division will also have a single, identifiable division head
    Karen Wuertz was appointed as the Acting Boys Division Head and Tim Bauer ’88 as the Acting Girls Division Head and began serving in those roles in June.
  • Academic departments will be combined under one cross-divisional administrator
    All academic departments are working toward unification by the beginning of the 2019-20 school year. They are overseen by Craig Rogers, Acting Assistant Principal for Faculty & Curriculum, with the support of Annie Etling, Faculty & Curriculum Coordinator.
  • Athletics and Student Activities will be organized under one cross-divisional administrator
    Bryan Timme began serving as the Acting Assistant Principal for Student Life in June.
  • Adult Formation, Pastoral, Service and Diversity departments will be organized under one cross-divisional administrator
    Sajit Kabadi assumed the role of Acting Assistant Principal for Mission, Ministry & Diversity to oversee the programming for these vital formational efforts. 

We are grateful to the wonderful Regis Jesuit community for your support during these transitions. 

Office Moves
8/3/2018

The restructure of our administrative teams necessitated some office moves. Please note the new locations of the following groups:

  • Principal’s Office – Our cross-divisional administrative team—comprised of Jimmy Tricco, our new Principal; Sajit Kabadi, Assistant Principal for Mission, Ministry & Diversity; Bryan Timme, Assistant Principal for Student Life; Craig Rogers, Assistant Principal for Faculty & Curriculum; and Annie Etling, Faculty & Curriculum Coordinator—will reside on the first floor of the Steele Center in the former College Counseling Office space.
  • College Counseling – The College Counseling Center can now be found on the northwest corner of boys Tradition Hall, just inside and to the right of the doors of the McNicholas Green entrance to the boys building.
  • Boys School Counseling – The boys Counseling Office has moved to the office space on the first floor on the south side of the boys building. You will find them along sophomore hall just off Tradition Hall across from the Admissions Office.
  • Girls Dean – The girls Dean’s Office is now located just inside the east entrance of the girls building near the cafeteria.

Rest assured that if you are coming to campus for a meeting with an individual who has changed locations, you will be directed to the appropriate spot to find them when you check in at the front desk. 

TRANSITION LEADERSHIP TEAM UPDATE 08.03.18
8/3/2018

From Karen Wuertz, TLT Chair
We are thrilled to have our new principal, Jimmy Tricco, on campus! Mr. Tricco arrived on July 31 and has spent his first few days in meetings, training sessions and getting to know our community. We know that he anxiously is anticipating the students’ arrival on campus in a few short days.

Now that the new structure is in place, the role of the TLT will evolve. We will next meet in mid-September to assess the group’s purpose with the goal of continuing to support the successful implementation of the new structure.

TRANSITION LEADERSHIP TEAM UPDATE 07.06.18
7/6/2018

From Karen Wuertz, TLT Chair

At their most recent meeting, the TLT focused on reviewing a comprehensive plan for the arrival of our new principal, Jimmy Tricco. We want to ensure that Mr. Tricco will be well prepared to engage immediately with faculty and staff, students and parents when he arrives on campus in August. The TLT also received a report from the ELC on the areas they are currently concentrating on as they prepare for the new school year.

We want to thank parent Michelle Gayle for her dedication to the TLT these last six months and to Regis Jesuit for the last several years. Michelle and her family will be relocating this summer to Atlanta. We wish them many blessings as they move on from our community.

UPDATE FROM THE TRANSITION LEADERSHIP TEAM 06.08.18
6/8/2018

From Karen Wuertz, TLT Chair

With the new structure now in place, the TLT will shift its focus to support the new administrative team and determine how else the group can ensure the continued successful progress of the transition. The group got an update from the ELC on their current priorities and the status on work to streamline processes identified as being different or potentially inequitable and provided feedback as needed. The group also began discussing ideas for Mr. Tricco’s arrival on campus to help him engage fruitfully with faculty, parents and students, and will be formulating a recommendation for him on how to best approach that. The TLT will continue to meet regularly throughout the summer. 

NEW ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE IS IN EFFECT
6/4/2018

From David Card ’87, President

I wanted to inform our community that our new administrative structure officially went into place on June 4. The team has already begun the work of addressing priorities outlined for the restructure and preparing for the successful start of next school year. Our new principal, Jimmy Tricco, will arrive August 1. In the interim, questions that would have been addressed by the principals in the past can be directed to Karen Wuertz in the Boys Division and Tim Bauer ’88 in the Girls Division. 

I am extremely excited to be at this point in our transformation and gratified by and grateful for the good work of both those who got us to this point and those who will carry us forward. We appreciate your support and ask for your ongoing prayers that the transition continues to move forward smoothly and successfully. 

TRANSITION LEADERSHIP TEAM UPDATE 05.25.18
5/25/2018

From Karen Wuertz, TLT Chair

Recent work of the TLT has included turning over the list of processes needing to be streamlined to the appropriate member of the Educational Leadership Council (ELC) so that work on them can begin on them this summer. The ELC will provide progress reports to the TLT at each of their meetings going forward. The TLT also affirmed the titles for the members of the ELC, which are below along with the names of those serving in those roles. Other than principal, the other individuals are working in their roles in an acting capacity at this time.

  • Principal – Jimmy Tricco
  • Assistant Principal for Faculty & Curriculum – Craig Rogers
  • Faculty & Curriculum Coordinator – Annie Etling
  • Assistant Principal for Student Life – Bryan Timme
  • Assistant Principal for Mission, Ministry & Diversity – Saj Kabadi
  • Boys Division Head – Karen Wuertz
  • Assistant Boys Division Head – Dana Bauer
  • Girls Division Head – Tim Bauer ’88
  • Assistant Girls Division Head – Ryan Williamson

Finally, the TLT set the agenda items for their summer meetings, which will include formulating a communications strategy for Mr. Tricco’s arrival on campus, proposing a methodology for departments to use in developing their guided enrollment framework and making a recommendation for a formal vehicle for teacher input in the new structure.

TRANSITION LEADERSHIP TEAM UPDATE 05.11.18
5/11/2018

From Karen Wuertz, TLT Chair
At their most recent meeting, the TLT provided input to and affirmed the approach for reorganizing office locations for next school year to support the success of the new organizational structure. They also articulated the next steps required to pass on the work of the subcommittees who evaluated the roles and responsibilities and outlined and prioritized the processes needing streamlining to those who will take responsibility for them going forward. Finally, they began crafting the agenda for their summer meetings. The TLT will continue to meet throughout the summer to help ensure the successful transition into the new structure. 

NEW PRINCIPAL ANNOUNCED 05.09.18
5/9/2018

President David Card ’87 announced on  Wednesday, May 9, 2018 that Jimmy Tricco, current principal of Xavier College Prep in Palm Desert, California, will become the next principal of Regis Jesuit and the first co-divisional principal. Mr. Tricco will assume this new role no later than August 1, 2018. Learn more at www.regisjesuit.com/principal.

TRANSITION LEADERSHIP TEAM UPDATE 04.27.18
4/27/2018

From Karen Wuertz, TLT Chair

The work of the two subcommittees identified in March is wrapping up. The job descriptions for the principal and other members of the ELC are being finalized for approval. Prioritization and ownership assignment for the processes requiring review and streamlining is also nearly done. We anticipate turning the outcomes of both of the subcommittees over to their respective owners on the ELC prior to our next meeting. 

The TLT also set meeting dates for the summer in anticipation of a shift in the focus of our efforts as we prepare for the arrival of our new principal and move into the new organizational structure. The TLT, a group which exists as an advisory body to support and ensure the successful transition into the new structure, remains focused on the goals articulated for the restructure: to streamline our organization to enable clear communications and sound, timely decision-making; to protect and elevate the single gender educational experience; and to ensure that quality of education we provide is sustained or improved. 

PRINCIPAL SEARCH UPDATE 04.27.18
4/27/2018

From Laura Jones, Search Committee Chair

All three of our finalist candidates have completed their on-site interviews at this point. The search committee will meet next week to assess the results of the interview process and determine next steps. We appreciate those parents who came out for the drop-in sessions and look forward to reviewing your feedback as part of our assessment.

PRINCIPAL FINALIST INTERVIEW PARENT DROP-INS
4/13/2018

The Principal Search Committee has reviewed nearly 20 applications for the principal position and has narrowed the field to three highly-qualified candidates. All three will be visiting campus over the next few weeks for finalist interviews. As part of that process, the committee would like interested parents to drop in and meet each of the candidates during an informal session. If you choose to attend, we ask that you try to do so for all three candidates, but if you can only make one or two of the sessions, we welcome your attendance. We want the finalists to have a good sense of our parent community coming out of these sessions. 

Please mark your calendar for the dates and times listed below and RSVP by Monday, April 16, via email to kfay@regisjesuit.com. All dates and times are confirmed at this point. We thank you in advance for your time.

  • Candidate A: James Tricco - Tuesday, April 17, 2018 
    Boys Main Office Conference Room | 11:00 am-12:00 pm
    Read the candidate bio
  • Candidate B: Christopher Smart - Friday, April 20, 2018 
    Boys Main Office Conference Room | 12:00-1:00 pm
    Read the candidate bio
  • Candidate C: Thursday, April 26, 2018 
    Boys Main Office Conference Room | 11:00 am-12:00 pm
    This candidate is not yet in a position to make her involvement in our search broadly known to her current community. Therefore, we are providing her credentials and background in her bio without specific details that would reveal her identity. We are sure that our community will respect and support this candidate’s circumstances.
Update from the Transition Leadership Team 04.13.18
4/13/2018

From Karen Wuertz, TLT Chair

Work on department unification is progressing well. We anticipate that several departments will begin operating as one for the next school year to lead the way for the rest. We also recognize that the next couple of years will be a time for trial and readjustment as the departments learn how best to preserve the single gender pedagogical experience while streamlining their processes. The TLT is appreciative of the openness and work the department chairs are extending to support this aspect of the restructure.

The TLT also continued the work of the two subcommittees previously identified. Those tasked with reviewing the distribution of roles and responsibilities among the principal and other members of the acting Educational Leadership Council (ELC) continue to evaluate the proposed job descriptions to provide checks and balances. The other continues their review and prioritization of those processes currently executed differently between the divisions to prioritize them and recommend which role should take the lead with each.

The intended outcome for both of these subcommittees, as well as for all the efforts of the TLT, remains focused on the goals articulated for the restructure: to streamline our organization to enable clear communications and sound, timely decision-making; to protect and elevate the single gender educational experience; and to ensure that quality of education we provide is sustained or improved. The group will continue to meet regularly through the rest of this year and throughout the summer to guarantee a successful transition to the new organizational structure.

UPDATE FROM THE TRANSITION LEADERSHIP TEAM – 04.06.18
4/6/2018

From Karen Wuertz, TLT Chair

In its most recent meeting, the TLT met a significant goal in moving to the new structure—adoption of a single philosophy and policy for course placement that will be used school wide. The new policy will ensure student access to courses and empower them in the course selection process, while also providing guidance to ensure that are set up to succeed with their choices. Work on determining the details of how the policy will be enacted will begin next school year to be ready for the Re-Enrollment process for the 2019-20 school year. 

The TLT also divided into two subcommittees so that we can work more productively and expediently. One group is tasked with reviewing the distribution of roles and responsibilities among the principal and other members of the acting Educational Leadership Council (ELC) to ensure that the right role is focused on the right work, and there are no gaps. The other is compiling and prioritizing a list of opportunities for improvements for those processes currently executed differently between the divisions, to improve efficiency and reduce confusion for our families, while retaining those where the difference stems from a need based in maintaining single gender pedagogy. 

Through all of our work, we remain focused on the goals articulated for the restructure: to streamline our organization to enable clear communications and sound, timely decision-making; to protect and elevate the single gender educational experience; and to ensure that quality of education we provide is sustained or improved. 

REMAINING ACTING LEADERS APPOINTED
3/16/2018

From David Card '87, President 

I am pleased to announce that I have completed filling the remaining two acting leader positions for the new organizational structure that goes into effect this summer. Annie Etling (formerly Annie Katz) has accepted the appointment of Acting Assistant AP Curriculum and Formation. Bryan Timme has accepted the appointment of Acting Assistant Principal for Student Life. They join the previously named acting leaders who are all currently engaged in knowledge transfer from existing administrators, training and development as needed, and ensuring no school functions fall through the cracks when we change to the new structure. These interim roles will last a minimum of six months and possibly through the summer of 2019. Our new principal will have the responsibility for the permanent hires of these positions.

In the meantime, we continue to operate ‘business as usual.’ Alan Carruthers and Gretchen Kessler remain our principals through the end of this school year, and even these acting leaders retain their existing responsibilities while preparing themselves for their new roles at the same time. I am grateful to these individuals for their willingness to take on and serve these critical roles, as I believe they are best suited today to help us develop these roles and prepare us to operate in the new structure. I hope you will join me in thanking and congratulating them.

UPDATE FROM THE PRINCIPAL SEARCH COMMITTEE 03.14.18
3/14/2018

From Laura Jones, PSC Chair

The search committee interviewed six of the highly-qualified candidates from the initial pool of 16 and chose two to advance to the finalist round. We are currently establishing the schedule for conducting finalists interviews in which members of the RJ community will have the opportunity to interact with the two candidates. Those will likely be scheduled in April. Ideally, the committee will put forth a recommendation to the president to make a determination and have the new principal on board by July 1, 2018.

Update from the Transition Leadership Team 03.14.18
3/14/2018

From Karen Wuertz, TLT Chair

In our most recent meeting, the Transition Leadership Team provided input into office spaces for acting leaders for next year. We also began to evaluate the processes that are different between the divisions, with an eye to protecting those that uphold our commitment to the single gender educational experience, and working to streamline those that should be aligned. Our goal is to assure and strengthen the Regis Jesuit experience for all families.

Update from the Principal Search Committee 03.02.18
3/2/2018

From Laura Jones, PSC Chair

The search committee reviewed more than a dozen applications from well-qualified candidates. We plan to invite six of the applicants to the first round of interviews, which will take place in early March. We continue to use the priorities identified as our guiding principles as we evaluate these candidates. Ideally, the committee will put forth a recommendation to the president to make a determination and have the new principal on board by July 1, 2018. We anticipate conducting finalists interviews later this spring in which members of the RJ community will have the opportunity to interact with finalist candidates.

Update from the Transition Leadership Team 03.02.18
3/2/2018

From Karen Wuertz, TLT Chair

  • The TLT is grateful for the great work done by the department chairs in both divisions in determining ways to come together to retain the best in our academic programming. Their efforts have included thinking creatively around issues of proximity that will guarantee and bolster our commitment to single gender pedagogy and ease of student access to teachers. 
  • The next priority the TLT and acting Educational Leadership Council (ELC) will address is a comprehensive assessment of the roles and responsibilities of each of the administrative functions and to whom they will fall in the new structure. 
Update from the Principal Search Committee 02.16.18
2/16/2018
  • Via the input gathered in the survey, key priorities for and qualities of the principal have been identified and are summarized in this document. The Search Committee couldn’t agree more with this assessment and is grateful to those who submitted their input. 
  • The deadline for applications is this Friday, February 16. The committee will meet next week to review the materials from qualified candidates and confirm the process for narrowing the pool and setting interviews.
Update from the Transition Leadership Team 02.16.18
2/16/2018

The TLT met for the third time on February 8 to continue their work. The recently named acting leaders have begun to engage in knowledge transfer, listening sessions and involvement in the key processes that will ensure the success of the 2018-19 school year. That group will convene on February 23 in the first of what will become regular meetings to advance the objectives of the restructure.

Update from the Transition Leadership Team 02.02.18
2/2/2018
  • Congratulations to all who have assumed acting leadership roles! These people have already jumped in with both feet to take on the important work of moving us to our new structure.
  • Updates to the FAQ document have been posted. As we have moved further along the timeline, we have updated this document to incorporate those questions regarding this phase of the transition. 
  • Work on academic department unification continues. The TLT met at the end of last week and began formulating the next steps in bringing the departments together in a way that protects and elevates single-gender pedagogy and experience. 
Acting Leadership Appointed
1/25/2018

On January 25, 2018, President David Card '87 announced the names of several of the people who will be serving as acting leaders during the transition to the new organizational structure. Read the complete announcement in this letter

Principal Search Committee Updates 01.19.18
1/19/2018

From David Card

Search Committee Chair Named – Laura Jones, math teacher and boys tennis coach, will chair the committee tasked with finding the next principal of Regis Jesuit. Updates from this committee to our community will come from Laura.


From Laura Jones, Principal Search Committee Chair

Complete the Principal Search Survey – Please complete the survey helping us identify the skill set and priorities for the next principal. You may access it here, and it should take less than 15 minutes to complete. The survey will close on January 28, 2018. Your input will be invaluable to the search committee in identifying qualified candidates for this critical position. Thank you!

Transition Leadership Team Update 01.19.18
1/19/2018

From Karen Wuertz, TLT Chair

The TLT met for the first time on January 12 to begin the work in transitioning the school to its new structure. At that meeting, they established their meeting schedule for the remainder of this school year. They also discussed how the TLT will interface with the efforts of the acting leadership team and the principal search committee. Finally, they outlined the first steps in unifying the academic departments, the first area they will focus their work on. 

Principal Search Launches
12/22/2017

The seach for the next principal of Regis Jesuit has begun. Members of the search committee for this important role have been named. Information about the position, including links to the job description and application are available at www.regisjesuit.com/principalsearch.

Karen Wuertz Named Chair of the Transition Leadership Team
12/20/2017

Karen Wuertz, who chairs the Performing Arts department and served on the Organizational Assessment Steering Committee, will chair the Transition Leadership Team. She will ably guide the group as they determine how best to implement the recommendations for the organization restructure.