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St. Joseph’s Academy has a New President!



December 13, 2021

Dear St. Joseph’s Academy Community,

On behalf of the Board of Directors and our Presidential Search Committee, I am pleased to announce that St. Joseph’s Academy Interim President Marcia Niedringhaus will become our next President effective immediately.  Our rigorous search process showed us that Marcia is the best person to lead us into an exciting and dynamic future for our students and our institution. She has done an exceptional job guiding us through the past seven months of transition and feels called to continue building on SJA’s mission as she moves us forward.

As you know, Marcia has served St. Joseph’s Academy in leadership capacities since 2013 and is an attorney with years of business ownership and operational experience. Her unique combination of talents makes her very well suited for her new role. She has a sharp focus on how best to achieve our mission to provide quality Catholic education for young women in an environment that challenges them to grow in faith, knowledge and respect for self and others, and to make a profound impact in the world.

It is important to note that the national search conducted by our consultants at Carney Sandoe & Associates played a critical role in identifying Marcia as our next President.  Their intentional process included valuable feedback gained from a formal written survey of our entire community plus meetings with key faculty members, staff, parents, alumnae and the Board of Directors.  Their efforts identified 65 candidates, of which seven were interviewed by the Search Committee and three finalists were interviewed by the Board of Directors. This was a wise investment of our resources, and we thank them for their excellent work.

This announcement marks a critical and pivotal moment for the future of St. Joseph’s Academy.   We are having a robust school year in terms of academic, athletic, community service and campus development accomplishments, including:

  • Strong enrollment projections
  • Campus master facility planning
  • Innovative curricular offerings and school accreditation review year
  • Renewed diversity, culture and climate programs
  • Commitment to our Catholic identity and the charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in partnership with St. Joseph Educational Ministries

Our Board of Directors is excited and energized that Marcia will continue building on these achievements on our collective behalf as she advances the school with her strong skills and commitment. Together with our senior leadership team, she is well equipped to lead us into a bright future.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank the entire St. Joseph’s Academy community for its engagement, support and guidance in this search process.  I also want to express our gratitude to the Search Committee, including Stephanie Hall as Chair and the committee members including:

  • Sr. Fran Maher, Board Director, CSJ Leadership Team
  • Craig Hannick, Board Director, Alumnae Parent
  • Andy Lodes, Faculty, Alumnae Parent
  • Jay Meersman, Board Director, Alumnae Parent
  • Julia Mize, Board Director, Alumna '92, Parent
  • Katie Kilcullen, Faculty and Parent
  • Lisa Savoy, Board Director, Parent

We are grateful that Marcia has once again answered our call to serve St. Joseph’s Academy.  Please join me in congratulating her as our new President!  We look forward to hosting opportunities for our community to meet Marcia in the new year.

Have a blessed Advent season and a wonderful Christmas.


Julia Mize, Chair of the Board of Directors

This Is An Exciting Time For Leadership Transition

St. Joseph’s Academy is on the leading edge of private Catholic high schools for girls in the highly competitive St. Louis, Missouri area. We are delivering on the mission promise of providing a high quality Catholic education and building our financial and operational resilience for the long-term.

Our outstanding academic performance, athletic accomplishments, and community service learning have made us increasingly distinctive and desirable for students and their parents from all walks of life.

  • In 2019, Katherine “Katie” Lodes, one of our teachers, received the prestigious Presidential Award in Science Teaching from the White House.
  • In 2020, over 23,000 square feet of the physical campus was transformed to deliver state of the art STEM educational facilities, as well as visual arts and humanities educational spaces to better prepare our students for college and beyond.
  • Our endowment and fundraising have reached all-time highs, and the school operates at a high standard for responsible financial stewardship in a challenging environment for private education.
  • All twelve varsity athletics teams, including the 2019 state championship Golf and Tennis teams, exceeded Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) scholastic achievement standards of a 3.4 grade point average or higher, showing the program’s balanced emphasis on athlete and scholar.

Today we remain focused on expanding access to the Academy’s  education through financial support and our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. This commitment is a priority that strengthens every aspect of the St. Joseph’s Academy community as we recruit and welcome students, faculty and staff of all ethnic backgrounds and faiths.

Search Committee

The Board of Directors has begun the process of searching for the next President of St. Joseph’s Academy, appointing Julia Bigley Mize (’92) to chair the Search Committee and Stephanie Hall as co-chair.  The committee members are:

  • Sr. Fran Maher, Board Director, CSJ Leadership Team
  • Stephanie Hall, Board Director, Alumnae Parent
  • Craig Hannick, Board Director, Alumnae Parent
  • Andy Lodes, Faculty, Alumnae Parent
  • Jay Meersman, Board Director, Alumnae Parent
  • Julia Mize, Board Director, Alumnae '92, Parent
  • Katie Kilcullen, Faculty and Parent
  • Lisa Savoy, Board Director, Parent

The committee will provide updates on the progress of the search process via this web page and through direct communications with parents, alumnae, staff and faculty.