Board of Trustees

Board Members

  • Anthony Agnitti '80
  • Nicole Beltram '00
  • Vittoria Pacifico-DeBenedictis
  • Joseph R. Driscoll, Jr., Esq. ’88
  • John Falvey ’87
  • Stephen Hassell '67
  • Susan Kantor, P'04
  • Sister Eleanor Martin, SCN ’62
  • Michael McCarthy, Ph.D.
  • Paul Mollica ’69
  • Stephen F. Nazzaro, '82, P'11, '14
  • Ellen Walsh P'02, '03, '05, '07
  • Richard Weidmann ‘75 (Chairman)

Overview

“Leaders carry the torch that lights the flame of the future.”

The Archbishop Williams High School Board of Trustees helps carry the torch that shows us the way to the future of our school.

All Board Members are part of our fiber, fabric, and family. In exchange, each member is asked to help our Board’s collective heart beat as one; while listening carefully to the beat of his/her own heart.  They are asked to seek counsel from all; while finding their best counsel within themselves.  They are asked to help us reach consensus; not compromise and to help our school excel; not just survive.

The following questions and answers will provide a clearer picture of our Board, its members, its relationships, and the valuable work it performs.

FAQs

  1. Who Serves on our Board of Trustees?
  2. What is the role of our Board?
  3. What are the roles and responsibilities of each Board member?
  4. What committees serve the Board?  What are their respective roles?  Which committee(s) should a member serve?
  5. How many “Boards” does Archbishop Williams High School have?
  6. What is the role of the Corporate Board?
  7. What relationships exist between the Corporate Board and our Board?
  8. How is the relationship (and balance of authority) between the President and Principal defined?

Who serves on our Board of Trustees?

Most importantly, people who love and care about our school.  Beyond that, our Board strives to strike a diverse and balanced profile, representing different cultures, races, socio-economic strata, genders, professions, and interests.  Having alumni on our Board is certainly valuable, as is having at least one current or former Archbishop Williams High School parent.  Click here to learn about those serving on the Board of Trustees.

What is the role of our Board?

  1. Determine the mission and purpose of Archbishop Williams High School
  2. Select, support, and evaluate the President.
  3. Ensure that our programs and services are consistent with our mission.
  4. Acquire sufficient resources to fund the operations of Archbishop Williams High School and approve the school budget.
  5. Ensure effective fiscal management.
  6. Set direction, Board policies, school policies, and annual Board goals.
  7. Understand the differences between the Board's role and the roles of the President, Principal, and Cabinet.
  8. Enhance the public image of the school.
  9. Organize itself to operate efficiently.

What are the roles and responsibilities of each Board member?

  1. To deepen understanding of the mission of Catholic education and the mission of Archbishop Williams High School
  2. To participate actively in the Board meetings, retreats, and activities
  3. To participate actively in committee work
  4. To volunteer and willingly accept assignments and complete them thoroughly and on time
  5. To keep informed about committee matters, prepare well for meetings, review, and comment on minutes and reports.
  6. To become acquainted with other Board Members and build a collegial working relationship that contributes to consensus.
  7. To participate actively in annual Board evaluation and planning efforts
  8. To participate in fundraising, in accordance with each member’s personal financial situation

What committees serve the Board?  What are their respective roles?  Which committee(s) should a member serve?

Executive Committee: To provide overall Board leadership and coordination of Board functions and responsibilities between Board Meetings.

Educational Programs Committee:  To ensure the quality and effectiveness of the educational programs offered and to make recommendations which enhance and promote the totality of the learning experience and personal development of Archbishop Williams High School students.

Governance Committee:  To provide for stability in leadership, long-range planning, and the establishment of school policies and procedures. (The Nominating Committee is a subsidiary of this committee.)

Finance Committee:  To ensure the fiscal stability and long-term financial health of the school and to oversee the business operations of the School.  (The Compensation and Investment committees are subsidiaries of this committee.)

Institutional Issues Committee:  Is responsible for overseeing our physical plant and property; insuring the health, safety, comfort and education of students; and complying with legal and regulatory agencies, policies, and legislation.

Development Committee:  To assist the Board in raising the funds necessary for growing the endowment, providing tuition assistance, funding the operations of the school, and ensuring that the physical assets, (including land, buildings, technology and equipment) adequately support the mission of the school.  Act as public relations ambassadors of the school and advisors relative to areas of the community they represent.  (The Marketing Committee is a subsidiary of this committee.)

Catholic Identity and Mission Effectiveness Committee:  To promote the understanding and implementation of the mission and philosophy of Archbishop Williams High School in accordance with Gospel values as expressed in the traditions and teaching of the Catholic Church. 

A number of ad hoc committees exist as subsidiaries to respective standing committees (See Page 33 for details.)

Executive Committee: To provide overall Board leadership and coordination of Board functions and responsibilities between Board Meetings.

Educational Programs Committee:  To ensure the quality and effectiveness of the educational programs offered and to make recommendations which enhance and promote the totality of the learning experience and personal development of Archbishop Williams High School students.

Governance Committee:  To provide for stability in leadership, long-range planning, and the establishment of school policies and procedures. (The Nominating Committee is a subsidiary of this committee.)

Finance Committee:  To ensure the fiscal stability and long-term financial health of the school and to oversee the business operations of the School.  (The Compensation and Investment committees are subsidiaries of this committee.)

Institutional Issues Committee:  Is responsible for overseeing our physical plant and property; insuring the health, safety, comfort and education of students; and complying with legal and regulatory agencies, policies, and legislation.

Development Committee:  To assist the Board in raising the funds necessary for growing the endowment, providing tuition assistance, funding the operations of the school, and ensuring that the physical assets, (including land, buildings, technology and equipment) adequately support the mission of the school.  Act as public relations ambassadors of the school and advisors relative to areas of the community they represent.  (The Marketing Committee is a subsidiary of this committee.)

Catholic Identity and Mission Effectiveness Committee:  To promote the understanding and implementation of the mission and philosophy of Archbishop Williams High School in accordance with Gospel values as expressed in the traditions and teaching of the Catholic Church. 

A number of ad hoc committees exist as subsidiaries to respective standing committees (See Page 33 for details.)

How many "Boards" does Archbishop Williams High School have?

All members should serve on one to three of the following standing committees, depending on their respective expertise, credentials, and experience.

How many "Boards" does Archbishop Williams High School have?

There are two -- The Board of Trustees and the Corporate Board.

Our Board of Trustees has 15 – 20 members and is “close to home.”   The Corporate Board has four members and oversees our Board at the Archdiocese level.  The Corporate Board has a number of rights and responsibilities that relate to the local Board. 

What is the role of the Corporate Board?

  1. To amend the Articles of Organization or By-Laws of Archbishop Williams High School, Inc
  2. To dissolve, merge, consolidate or affiliate the Corporation
  3. To approve the granting of encumbrances on any real property assets of the Corporation
  4. To approve unbudgeted expenditures in excess of one million dollars

What relationships exist between the Corporate Board and our Board?

The Corporate Board has oversight authority in matters that define corporate existence, identity, and affiliations; as well as on matters of financial importance that exceed $1 million.

How is the relationship (and balance of authority) between the President and Principal defined?

Two hearts; one beat.  This relationship is the foundation of our school’s operational effectiveness, organizational honesty, and interpersonal unity.  The President and Principal must speak as one, care as one, and lead as one.

How can two separate people act as one?  First, by separating their collective decision-making responsibility into as many measurable compartments as they can.  Second, by supporting each other’s decisions unequivocally when those decisions fall into one of those measurable compartments.  Last, by reaching consensus when a decision does not fall into one of those measurable compartments.

In more detailed terms, the Principal will be a member of the President’s Cabinet.  He/she will carry the loudest voice in all matters of education.

The Principal will also be the court of last resort on all matters of educational procedure. That means scheduling, teaching assignments, and professional development. It also means student discipline and admissions. 

The President shall not interfere with the daily educational operations of our school. He/she will support those operations, value them, cherish them, and enhance them; but will not interfere with them.

At the same time, the Principal will come to the President before making major educational decisions to insure consensus in advance; just as the President will come to the Principal. So when one speaks, both speak.

The President will make all final decisions or recommendations to the Board as they apply to finances, facilities, expansion, governance, compensation, development, public relations, marketing, alumni relations, and event planning.

The President will also decide which recommendations will go to the Board as they relate to educational policy. If the school desires to add new courses or graduation requirements, for example, that desire will come to the President from the faculty, the Academic Council, the Academic Dean, and the Principal.

Changes in admissions policy, class size policy, or discipline policy will also come to the President. But the day-to-day application of those policies will be the faculty’s, the Academic Council’s, and the Principal’s.

In general terms, the President will represent the School in the eyes of our alumni, our vendors, our community, and our Board.  The Principal will represent the School in the eyes of our students, our teachers, and our parents.

The President and Principal will share respect and they will share trust.  They will respect each other’s judgment, and will trust each other enough to be themselves; always. 

There will be times when the President’s and the Principal’s worlds will overlap. When in doubt, the President will decide; but only after he/she has consulted with the people the decision will effect and only after the President has given the Principal his/her most attentive ear.