Head of School Search


On December 14th, Dr. Joseph J. Ciancaglini, Sacred Heart's Head of School, announced he would be stepping down at the conclusion of the 2022-23 academic year. The Board of Trustees has initiated the search process by retaining Carney, Sandoe & Associates and establishing a Search Committee.

As the Head of School Search progresses, please refer to this page for updated communications and information.

News and Updates

The Board has retained the educational recruitment firm Carney, Sandoe & Associates to assist us in our search. Carney, Sandoe & Associates (CS&A) is recognized both nationally and internationally as the leader in recruiting heads and senior administration for independent schools, and has extensive experience with Sacred Heart Network independent schools.

We are committed to a thorough and thoughtful search process in which the entire 91st Street community has a voice. While the final selection of the next Head of School is the responsibility of the Board of Trustees, everyone at 91st Street—students, parents, faculty, staff, and alumnae—should have the opportunity to share their ideas.

Members of our 91st Street community are invited to submit their input via the Head of School Search Feedback Form or email the committee at HeadofSchoolSearch@cshnyc.org. Thank you for your support and engagement in this process!

Head of School Position Profile


Head of School Search Committee

The Search Committee is a diverse group of trustees, parents, and alumnae who represent a variety of viewpoints and backgrounds. It includes the following individuals:

  • Jackie Mitchell, P’20, P’17, Search Committee Chair (Chair, Board of Trustees) 
  • Rosalia Danilatou-Frangos, P’24, P’28 (Trustee, PA President 2020-21)  
  • Sr. Fran de la Chapelle, RSCJ (former Trustee, Alumna, Eden Hall ’57)     
  • Rev. Chris Devron, SJ (Trustee; President, Fordham Prep) 
  • Elizabeth Guillory ’96 (Director of Diversity, Equity and Community Life; Alumna, 91st Street)
  • Janine Jjingo ’98 (Trustee; Alumna, 91st Street) 
  • Laurie Lapeyre, P’13 (Board Chair 2009-2013) 
  • Caroleen Mackin P’20, P’18 (Board Chair 2016-2020; Alumna, Greenwich ’81) 
  • John Neary, P’24 (Trustee)   
  • Lorena Sayer O’Brien, P’26 (Trustee; Alumna, Stuart ’88) 
  • Brad Robins, P’15, P’21 (Trustee) 
  • Jason Vermillion (English Department Chair) 
  • Alisa Wood ’97, P’29 (Trustee; Alumna, 91st Street)

Head of School Search Communications

Dr. Joseph J. Ciancaglini, Head of School

I have treasured the friendships I have made and the extraordinary community that defines Sacred Heart.

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