Landi leaves a legacy at Holy Trinity


James Landi is retiring as headmaster at Holy Trinity.

photo by Carl Kotala

It didn't take long to leave a legacy as headmaster at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy.

The 71-year-old Landi, who is leaving the school after two years following the hiring of Katherine Cobb as the school’s first-ever president, made an impact that could benefit both students and the community for years to come.

The Academic Merit Scholarship Program Landi introduced gives academically deserving students in grades 5 to 12 the opportunity to attend the school who would not otherwise have the means.

The school has also brought in academic coaches to help students who are either struggling, want to get ahead in their schoolwork, or who simply want to learn better organizational skills.

Additionally, enrollment is up 10 percent from this stage last year and as of May 9, Holy Trinity had raised $691,241.

“We’ve raised the level of giving at the school, and I don’t think it’s going to fall back,” Landi said. “I think on an annual basis, we doubled it. That was a big deal for me.”

So much so that Landi and his wife, Kristina, often donated their own money to help the school.

Landi said he plans to retire — for the fourth time — before possibly looking for another job in 2018.

“I’ve enjoyed a great relationship with my colleagues,” he said of his time at Holy Trinity. “The children are beguiling and positive. It’s an outstanding school, an outstanding school environment. The faculty … there’s a lot of discretionary effort to provide additional activities and engagement for the young people.”