Search for our next Head of School and Inaugural President

This is an incredibly exciting time at Carrollton. Framed by our Goals & Criteria, and after a thoughtful planning process, the Board of Trustees recently approved a new dual leadership structure: Head of School and President. Under this new leadership structure, senior executive functions are aligned around two distinct school life facets: instructional leadership (Head of School) and institutional capacity (President).

Carrollton will now join a growing list of other Network schools that have adopted this relationship-driven and collaborative model for school leadership to expand the breadth and depth of expertise at the highest level of our school community organization.

To assist in this broad search effort, the Board has retained the services of Partners in Mission School Leadership Search Solutions, a nationally-recognized firm based in Massachusetts that focuses exclusively on Catholic education. As these important processes evolve, additional updates will be posted here.

Details regarding these exciting opportunities can be found in the links listed below and by contacting our lead search consultant, Michael Furey, at Please do not contact the school directly.



List of 4 items.

  • School Leadership Search Update: December 17th, 2021

    Dear Carrollton Community,

    I write to give you all an update of our leadership search efforts in the past few weeks. As many of you know, our leadership search firm, Partners in Mission, was in Miami on November 11-13 to learn more about our unique school, our dedicated community, and our constituencies’ needs regarding our new leadership. As a result of that visit and continued work with the Board of Trustees and the Search Committee, we have prospectuses for the Head of School and the President positions, which will be posted on the Carrollton website.

    The deadline for both applications is January 24, 2022. Details of how to apply for either position are included in the materials. Please encourage those you believe might be a good fit to submit their application packets by January 24th.

    Partners in Mission will also be searching for and reaching out to individuals who may be a well-suited to fill both leadership roles.  They will review all submissions and begin interviews as applications come in. The Search Committee will be updated regularly and will assist in narrowing the applicants to semi-finalists and eventually two or three finalists for each position. The finalists will be invited to campus for extensive interviews with representatives of our school’s constituencies. Please check the website for updates on how the progress is going.

    As we begin this joyful and anticipated holiday break, on behalf of the Board of Trustees, I wish you and your families a blessed, happy Christmas.

    Raphael M. Bastian
    Chair, Board of Trustees
  • School Leadership Search Update: October 27th, 2021

    Dear Carrollton Community,
    I am writing to update you on the progress of our work to find the next leadership of Carrollton. The Board of Trustees examined the duties and responsibilities necessary to lead our school effectively in 2022 and beyond and has decided to make a change to our leadership structure. While our Head Master Olen Kalkus leads our school through the end of this academic year, we will begin the search for two new leaders for Carrollton: a Head of School and a President.  We believe that this new model will be of the utmost benefit to Carrollton, given the many responsibilities involved in leading a school of our size and complexity. With this new model, we will maintain a clear focus on academic quality and student life, while also ensuring innovation and excellence in external affairs, institutional advancement, operations, and finance.
    Both the Head of School and the President will report directly to the Board of Trustees since it would be ineffective for one leader to govern the decisions of the other, given their very different areas of focus. These roles need to be separate because of the very different skill sets required to be successful. After thoroughly researching other institutions and marrying those best practices with our specific needs, we have outlined how we see these two positions working below:   
    • The Head of School will lead all aspects of the academic life at Carrollton, including managing the heads of the divisions and being accountable for curriculum and instruction, religious education and campus ministry, counseling, student life and co-curricular activities, parent relations, and spiritual and professional growth of faculty and educational staff.
    • The President will direct and be accountable for the institutional aspects of Carrollton, including advancement, community relations, fiscal business operations, capital improvements, spiritual and professional growth of staff, and our relationship with the Archbishop of Miami.
    • The Head of School and the President will share responsibility and accountability for several duties, which include creation and management of the yearly budget, admission decisions, our SHCOG process, building relationships within our community, and technology and infrastructure support of the academic mission. We will search for these two individuals simultaneously, with a target start date in July 2022.
    To aid us in our search for qualified candidates, we have retained Partners in Mission, an organization devoted exclusively to helping Catholic schools recruit professionally qualified, talented school leadership. They have committed to assist us in all aspects of our process to define our needs and secure individuals who will be Carrollton’s leaders of tomorrow.
    The Search Committee will appoint Advisory Committees of alumnae, parents, students, faculty, and staff as we progress. The Board of Trustees knows how important the input and ideas of all our community is to the search for our new leadership.
    We are all excited at the prospect of our new structure. Carrollton has always been a model and a ground-breaking organization within the Sacred Heart network. We know we are up to the task in creating a new way forward that will keep Carrollton a top Catholic, independent, Sacred Heart school. We will continue to update you on our progress.
    Raphael M. Bastian
    Chair, Board of Trustees
  • School Leadership Search Update: September 30th, 2021

    Dear Carrollton Community,
    On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am writing to announce that Olen Kalkus has informed the Board that he will not be renewing his contract as Head of School.  Olen plans on retiring as a head of school in order to return to teaching and coaching and spend more time with family.  He shared with the Board his personal letter to the Carrollton community explaining his thoughts and giving thanks for his time here.
    We have much to be thankful for, as well.  As Carrollton’s first lay Head of School, Olen certainly made his mark in these last 6+ years.  Our endowment fund has nearly quadrupled and now stands at over $11 million.  Our alumnae program is stronger and more vibrant.  He has shepherded our school’s technological transition into a device-neutral environment with cloud-based systems.  Under Olen, we have opened the Convocation Center, installed generators, built and rebuilt classrooms and maker spaces, and enhanced athletic fields and facilities.  Our academics have been enriched by his vision, as well.  He increased course variety in the Upper School, expanded French into the Primary School, and consolidated and expanded the Robotics, Engineering & Computer Science program. During Olen’s tenure, Carrollton weathered hurricanes and overcame the challenges of a pandemic.  We also celebrated athletic championships and academic achievements.   His deep-rooted understanding of and passion for Sacred Heart education and the Goals and Criteria have positively shaped our school, and his efforts will continue to be felt as we carry on our mission.
    Olen has given the Board his assurance that he will continue to lead our school and assist us with the upcoming transition in leadership.  On behalf of my fellow Board members, I thank Olen for his service and commitment to our students, faculty, staff, and the entire Carrollton community.
    The Board of Trustees has formed a Search Committee to undertake the work of finding new leadership for the school for the 2022-2023 academic year.  The Search Committee is comprised of five Trustees: Christian Diez (P’27, P’29, P’31), Angel Gallinal (P’15), Laura Russo (’75), Sr. Ann Taylor, RSCJ (former Head of Carrollton), and me, Raphael Bastian (SH’83, P’16, P’18).  We will also call upon the insight and efforts of Advisory Committees made up of faculty and staff, students, parents, and alumnae.  The Search Committee and the Board will keep the Carrollton community updated with our progress, and we expect to have more information to share within the next month.
    It is clear we have important work ahead of us.  The Board is committed to identifying new leadership for our Catholic, independent, Sacred Heart school that continues to move us forward.  Please pray with us during this time of reflection and discernment.
    Raphael M. Bastian
    Chair, Board of Trustees
  • Letter from the Headmaster

    Dear Carrollton Community,
    It is with mixed emotions, that I write to inform you that I will not be renewing my contract to lead Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart. After 26 years as a Head of School, and 11 more as a lead administrator, through reflection and prayer I have discerned that it is time for me to leave school administration and begin the next chapter in my life as an educator. In addition to more direct connection with students, I am also looking forward to spending more time with my family, especially my grandchildren and mother.
    Serving Carrollton has been a blessing and an honor —a work I have enjoyed since I arrived as the first lay head in 2015. I am deeply proud of what we have accomplished as a community. Together we have met the challenges of the shift to lay leadership, Hurricane Irma, and most recently the COVID-19 pandemic - all while Carrollton has grown in programs, property, financial strength, and technological resilience. The fruit of our efforts has Carrollton rated as one of the top Catholic and all-girls schools in the United States. None of this was accomplished alone. I am thankful for the support and friendship I have found here at Carrollton, and I depart confidently knowing that Carrollton is financially strong, has a committed Board, a skillful and capable administrative team, and, most importantly, an enthusiastic, caring, and talented faculty and staff.
    Carrollton is also blessed with supportive alumnae, families, and outstanding students from our Montessori program to our graduating seniors, who inspire us each day with their enthusiasm, joy of learning, kindness, creativity, and thoughtfulness. During my time here, I have especially delighted in interacting with the students, whether reading to them, teaching a class, or cheering them on in their athletic and artistic endeavors. While I feel sadness in leaving, I am satisfied and confident that Carrollton’s new leadership will find a school community both fully dedicated to our timeless mission and willing to embrace thoughtful change.
    Know that I am fully committed to leading Carrollton while a search continues for new leadership. Carrollton’s agenda is exciting and full. We will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Carrollton’s opening and begin the self-study portion of the SHCOG process. At the same time, we will continue with the many traditions and events that define the Carrollton experience.
    I feel blessed to have shared these years with you and your families and look forward to working with you in my remaining time as Head Master. Thank you for all the support so many of you give to Carrollton and thank you in advance for the understanding and support I know you will give me during this transition.
    With love and gratitude,


Michael Furey, Partner
Partners in Mission School Leadership Search Solutions, LLC
Office: (877) 738-4810
Mobile: (570) 730-2655

Our Search Committee

Raphael Bastian SH '83
Chair of the Board of Trustees

Christian Diez P '27 '29 '31
Trustee, Advancement Committee Member

Ann Taylor, RSCJ
Trustee, Committee on Trustees Member
Former Carrollton Headmistress 1978-1998

Laura Russo '75
Vice Chair

Angel Gallinal P '15
Trustee, Finance Committee Co-Chair
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