October 2, 2017
Dear Parents, Alumnae, Alumni, and Friends of The Albany Academies,
It is our great pleasure to announce the appointment of Mr. Christopher “Chris” Lauricella as the new Head of School of The Albany Academies effective July 1, 2018. Mr. Lauricella’s appointment follows Dr. North’s successful tenure in which he helped transform The Albany Academies into one of the leading Preschool-Grade 12 independent schools in the Northeast. We look forward to Mr. Lauricella building upon Dr. North’s legacy and elevating the Academies to even greater levels of success.
The decision to appoint Mr. Lauricella followed the enthusiastic support and recommendation of the Search Committee who felt that his experience, skills, and leadership was a great match with the criteria established by the Search Committee and the Board of Trustees. Indeed, the hundreds of surveys submitted by our community who met Mr. Lauricella reflected this match as well.
Mr. Lauricella brings a very impressive level of leadership and educational knowledge to The Albany Academies, having spent the last ten years as the Head of School of The Park School of Buffalo where he developed many signature programs; increased enrollment, philanthropy, and successfully led a capital campaign to build a new science building; and expanded professional development opportunities for faculty in support of technology and character education.
A visionary and passionate leader with strong financial and management skills, Mr. Lauricella has also been involved in a number of education-related nonprofits in his community and looks forward to continuing to collaborate with local organizations. He is one of twenty heads of school of the New York State Association of Independent School’s Commission for Accreditation who advise the organization regarding accreditation terms for member schools seeking accreditation or conducting interim reviews.
In accepting the position, Mr. Lauricella said, “I couldn’t be more excited and honored to accept the Head of School appointment at The Albany Academies. Kristin, Josephine, Tristan, and I are excited to join the Academies and eager to get to know our new home. Please allow me to convey a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to all of the people who invested so much time and effort into the search process, which quickly convinced me that I wanted to join this very special community. Everyone I met was incredibly passionate about the positive impact The Albany Academies have on their lives, and this passion was absolutely contagious.” Mr. Lauricella was also very impressed with our students. “Perhaps the fullest expression of the Academies success is the confident, thoughtful, and articulate students I had the pleasure of meeting who were truly inspirational,” he said.
This appointment concludes an extensive national search and tremendous work of a fourteen–member Search Committee comprised of parents, alumnae, alumni, faculty, administration, and trustees. On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the Search Committee, we would like to thank the Search Advisory Committee which ably assisted in the candidate review process and all those who worked so diligently in helping to shape the future of our School. Please join us in welcoming Mr. Lauricella and his family to The Albany Academies.
Nancy Carey Cassidy P'13, '15 Eileen Considine P’08
President, Board of Trustees Trustee and Co-Chair, Search Committee
Christine Standish ‘83
Former Trustee, Search Committee Co-Chair