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Archbishop Carroll High School Appoints New President

May 15, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Board of Directors of Archbishop Carroll High School and the Archdiocese of Washington today announced the appointment of Larry L. Savoy, Jr. ’93 as the new President of Archbishop Carroll High School. 

Noting the unique opportunity to have a native son of both Washington and Archbishop Carroll return to lead the school, His Eminence, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington said, “Larry Savoy is one of the Archdiocese of Washington’s most dynamic and successful educators. As principal of Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School, he has helped create a school where strong academics and a rich faith life form a person prepared to face both the challenges and opportunities of the real world with a solid foundation shaped by Catholic education.”

Mr. Savoy moves from his leadership post at Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School, based in Takoma Park, Maryland. As principal there, Mr. Savoy has helped to match a successful academic curriculum with the school’s Corporate Work Study Program that mentors and empowers its college-bound students with professional training in the workplace. This appointment is a homecoming for Mr. Savoy who graduated from Archbishop Carroll High School in 1993 and later worked at the school as a teacher, and then as vice principal. His new appointment is effective July 1, 2018.

“Mr. Savoy not only has extensive experience as a Catholic educator but served in the past as Vice Principal of Carroll with a strong focus on student life and academic excellence,” said Roger A. Fairfax, Jr., Esq. ’90, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Archbishop Carroll High School. “I am grateful to the parents, faculty, staff, board members, and Archdiocesan representatives who served on the search committee, and all those in the Archbishop Carroll community who participated in the search and interview process.  The Board looks forward to working with Mr. Savoy to advance Archbishop Carroll’s aggressive strategic plan to expand our existing academic programs, honor our Catholic identity, augment enrollment and resources, invest in our faculty and staff, enhance our arts, athletics, and other extracurricular programs, and modernize our facilities. We are confident his energy and love for Archbishop Carroll High School will inspire our students, faculty, families, and benefactors to help shape this exciting next chapter in Archbishop Carroll’s history.”

“Larry Savoy’s years of experience in fostering Catholic identity and academic excellence in Catholic secondary education together with his enthusiasm, energy and personal connections to Archbishop Carroll High School make him a strong leader for this pivotal moment in the school’s life,” said Dr. Jem Sullivan, Secretary for Education for the Archdiocese of Washington. “I look forward to supporting and working closely with Larry as he transitions to his new role as president of Archbishop Carroll High School.”

Search Committee Co-Chair and Board member Emily Durso said about the search process, “The inclusive combination of multiple parents, faculty, administrators, Board members, Board Chair and the Superintendent of the Archdiocese, made this the most thoughtful and committed effort I have ever participated in. I am proud to have been a part of this process and firmly believe we have a cohesive plan around Archbishop Carroll’s strong growth for the future.”

Search Committee Co-Chair and Board member Shawn Hendon said, “Mr. Savoy will lead a dedicated faculty and staff as Archbishop Carroll builds on its Catholic tradition and college preparatory program, while also continuing to make progress on facilities renovations.  We look forward to working with him in these efforts to enhance Archbishop Carroll’s historic legacy in the Washington area.”

Archbishop Carroll High School was founded in 1951 by Cardinal Patrick O’Boyle, who was archbishop of Washington from 1948 to 1973. The school bears the name of Archbishop John Carroll, the first bishop of the United States, who sought to build up the Catholic Church in the new nation and to highlight a particular call to civic engagement for members of the universal Church. The school was racially integrated years before the landmark Supreme Court ruling outlawing segregation, and remains a beacon of Catholic social justice particularly on issues of racial and ethnic equality, and upholds a strong commitment to the social justice teachings of the Catholic Church. Archbishop Carroll High School is the only archdiocesan-operated high school in the District of Columbia, with a focus both on providing a quality education and financial accessibility for all in the community

“The Archbishop Carroll community welcomes back Larry Savoy in his new role as our President, and we look forward to his leadership,” said Interim CEO Lisa Ring. 

“Mr. Savoy brings the perfect mix of history and love of Archbishop Carroll with energy and enthusiasm for building a great future."
 said Principal Katy Dunn.  

Mark Savercool, Vice President for Advancement, noted, “As an alumnus and former administrator, Larry appreciates what Archbishop Carroll has meant to generations of families, but nearly a decade worth of administrative leadership outside of Carroll provides a unique base of experience from which he can draw to advance the good work that goes on here at Archbishop Carroll each day.”

“Archbishop Carroll is a very special place and I am excited that I have been given the opportunity to be the next President,” said Mr. Savoy on his appointment. “To come back to the place where I attended high school and started my professional career, it is a true honor that I now have the chance to put it all together, to serve and lead the Archbishop Carroll High School community.”

Mr. Savoy graduated from Temple University and holds a Master of Science Degree in Educational Administration from Trinity University. He and his family live in Bowie, Maryland. Mr. Savoy and his wife are the proud parents of three daughters and are parishioners at Ascension Catholic Church in Bowie, Maryland.