Skip To Main Content

Main Container Header


Dear Saint Thomas Academy Community,

The selection of a new headmaster is one of the most important responsibilities of the Board of Trustees. We are excited to share with you that the Board has begun the formal search for Kelby Woodard’s replacement. We realize that, in order to continue the outstanding work that Kelby has accomplished, we will need to search for an exceptional individual who is passionate about our mission and shares a love for our community, especially our students.           

Our first step was to identify and engage an experienced search firm to assist in this all-important task. After interviewing and vetting several highly regarded national firms, we selected Educational Directions of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, as our partner. Educational Directions, founded in 1987, has extensive experience in Catholic school leadership searches. Our search will be led by Mathew Heersche and Renata Rafferty who each bring to Saint Thomas Academy deep experience as Catholic school leaders and as search professionals.  Both have shared their enthusiasm for the Academy and our headmaster search.

The search process will be an open and inclusive one. An important first step is for our search professionals Renata and Mathew to spend time on campus with all of us to learn as much about our school as possible. They will be visiting Saint Thomas Academy on January 17 to meet with representatives of different stakeholder groups within our school community – students, faculty, parents, administrators, alumni, and board members – to hear from us what we are seeking in our next leader.

From the information gathered through this process, Renata and Mathew, working with the Search Committee, will develop the position profile central to a comprehensive marketing and recruitment initiative. We will, of course, share this profile with members of the Saint Thomas Academy community once it is completed.

Our search professionals will be reaching out both nationally and locally to individual Catholic educational leaders, executive directors of educational organizations as well as other organizations, a variety of Catholic educational leadership programs, and regional school associations to notify them of our opening. Over the next months, they will be identifying and evaluating top prospects for further consideration by the Search Committee.

We look forward to the search process and will keep all members of the STA community informed as to its progress via regular updates. All information pertaining to the search will be posted on the headmaster search page on our website.


Thomas Lee ‘85
Board Member/Search Chair

Search FAQ's

Search Committee

Board of Trustees Members:

Thomas Lee '85, Managing Director of Investment Strategy and Research
at Parametric

Martin Schreier '88, Founder and CEO of Times Ventures Corporation

Sarah Schumacher

Father Nate Wills, C.S.C. '95, Assistant Clinical Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Notre Dame

Abe Woldeslassie '04, Head Men's Basketball Coach at Macalester College

Image of a statue of four students outside Founders Hall at Saint Thomas Academy