new leadership announced
I’m pleased to inform you that Brian Ragatz ’98 has been named President of Saint Thomas Academy, effective July 1, 2023. He will become our 30th leader, taking over from current Headmaster Kelby Woodard. Brian has built a distinguished career, with 20 years of experience as a Catholic school educator, administrator, and advocate, and has consistently demonstrated excellent leadership, financial management, and advancement abilities. The Board of Trustees is confident Brian will continue to positively move Saint Thomas Academy into the future.
Brian currently serves as President of the Catholic Schools Center of Excellence (CSCOE), an organization working to bolster academic performance and admissions in Minnesota’s preK-8th grade Catholic schools. While at CSCOE, Brian secured more than $32 million in multi-year funding to increase the organization’s support of Catholic school leaders. Under Brian’s leadership, CSCOE expanded the number of Catholic grade schools served from 78 to all 156, implemented a transformative literacy initiative in 58 schools, and launched a mental health and wellness initiative, and more. Brian’s efforts to enhance excellence in Catholic schools directly contributed to three consecutive years of system-wide enrollment increases.
Brian previously served as Principal of St. Odilia, St. Thomas More, and Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic schools. He began his education career teaching social studies and religion at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic School. He has also taught graduate level education courses as an adjunct professor at both the University of St. Thomas and St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.
Brian has a bachelor’s degree in social science with a minor in secondary education from St. John’s University and a master’s degree in educational administration from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. He earned his educational specialist/Minnesota K-12 Principal’s license from the University of St. Thomas. Brian also served as Second Lieutenant and Chaplain Candidate in the Army National Guard for four years after graduating from college.
Brian and his wife Anne are parishioners of Church of the Assumption, and their son George attends St. Odilia.
Brian will greet our students, faculty, and staff at Formation on Monday, May 8, and will attend alumni and community events this summer. Please join me in welcoming Brian back to Saint Thomas Academy.
Daniel E. Kubes ’87
- How will the search be managed?
- What is the estimated timeline of the search?
- What is the role of the Board of Trustees?
- What is the role of the search committee?
- What is the role of Saint Thomas Academy's community in the process?
- Will the Headmaster search impact my son's day-to-day experience?
- How will candidates learn about the search?
- How long will the Headmaster search last? When do expect to hire the next HM?
- How will the school community be kept informed about the search?
- Who will make the final hiring decision?