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Interim Head of School - Paul Quick

We are pleased to announce that Paul Quick, former Head of the Middle School at Montverde Academy (serving 1,300 students) in Montverde, Florida, and former Head of School at Ascension Episcopal School (serving 700 students) in Lafayette, Louisiana, has been appointed by the Board of Trustees to act as Interim Head of School for the 2021-22 school year. 

Interim Head of School Paul Quick
Mr. Quick is a distinguished independent school educator with a thirty-one-year career as a teacher, coach, counselor, and administrator in strong PreK-8 and PreK-12 schools. He has taught all levels of elementary, middle, and upper school. Mr. Quick completed advanced coursework in the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at Florida International University and holds a Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling. His dedication is succinctly illustrated by what he calls his personal mission statement, “to draw out the God-given gifts and talents of others and to create environments where that can occur.”

The search for a new Interim Head of School has been an opportunity for our community to take stock of our accomplishments to date and to clarify our goals for The Academy in years to come. I have been impressed by how committed and engaged our parents, faculty and staff have been thus far in this process. Many of you participated in our focus groups earlier this month and we received a multitude of surveys with thoughtful assessments. Those efforts speak well for our community and this valued feedback has guided, and will continue to guide, the work of the search committee. I also want to thank the Executive Committee, the Board of Trustees, and our search consultants from The Education Group for their assistance and leadership throughout this effort. 
 
The selection of the Interim Head of School is one of the greatest responsibilities of the Board of Trustees. Each of us in The Academy community can be proud that our school was able to attract such an experienced and talented leader. We look forward to working with Mr. Quick and are confident that each of you will extend a warm welcome to our new Interim Head of School. We will be hosting an informal meet-and-greet on August 5th and will be sending more information about this very soon.   
 
 “The opportunity to be the Interim Head of School at San Antonio Academy (and, thus, to experience the bond of brotherhood) is both a privilege and an honor. Throughout these next several weeks, I will be carving out time to meet with as many of you as possible.  I look forward to connecting with this community and working toward ensuring that our school continues to embody our core value of being the best we can be.”

 

Associate Head of School (Advancement) - John Carr

John joined SAA in October 2020. He has over 25 years of experience in philanthropy at both the private school and the university level raising millions of dollars in annual, capital, and major gifts.
 
John Carr Head of Advancement
At Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, GA, John managed major and planned gifts and cultivated a transformational $50 million dollars to start and name a business school, one of the largest gifts ever for a liberal arts college. During his ten-year tenure at Oglethorpe, he also planned, directed, and secured leadership gifts that aided in the completion of a $50 million dollar campaign, 18 months ahead of schedule. In addition, he solicited leadership gifts ensuing $22.5 million dollars for its science center expansion.
 
In the independent school sector, Mr. Carr has successfully managed portfolios with hundreds of prospects, directed planned giving, capital campaigns, major gifts, events, and oversaw every aspect of development programs at highly-regarded schools across the country. At Savannah Country Day School in Georgia, he led a capital effort that received over $10 million in commitments and secured the largest gift in the school's history of $3 million. At the Hutchison School in Tennessee, he also secured the largest gift in that school's history of $2.5 million dollars outright and another $2 million planned. At Fort Worth's All Saints Episcopal School, John planned and directed an $11.6 million dollar campaign for construction of a new lower and middle school campus and secured a $5 million dollar endowment gift, another first in their school's history.
  
"I am so excited to join San Antonio Academy. The school's mission and the values for which it stands are very compelling to me and remind me of my own alma mater. During my visit, I was so impressed with the passion of everyone I met, and I look forward to working with such a great team. It's evident that SAA is poised to thrive and flourish, and I am honored to have the opportunity to work with the school's leadership to help further its mission. I am proud to become a Wildcat!"