Interim no more; Landi named Holy Trinity’s Head of School


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James Landi, who was appointed Holy Trinity's interim Head of School in September, has been named the Head of School by the Board of Trustees.

Carl Kotala

The pairing of James Landi and Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy has seemed like a perfect fit right from the start, so it’s no surprise the school’s Board of Trustees has decided to remove the “interim” tag and make him the Head of School.

Landi, who has more than 30 years of experience in leading private and independent schools, was appointed as the interim HOS last September.

“This school has many special qualities,” Landi said. “In my experience, it’s unique and without peer.

“It is results oriented. We have kids going to the most selective schools in the world. We get great test scores. We have students get all kids of merit scholarships to go to great colleges and universities. But we’re also a school that cares about student’s hearts and their spirits.

“Usually, one type of school exists in exclusion of the other. It’s hard to get something that’s as balanced as this is.”

In addition to bringing life and personality to the position, Landi has also helped create a new Academic Merit Scholarship Program that will help children and their families who might not have the necessary financial capability to attend the college preparatory school.

Holy Trinity will host a fundraising event called an Evening of Elegance on Saturday at the Timbers West Ranch of Mark and Cheryl Wadsworth. Proceeds from the event, which is themed Moonlight & Magnolias” will go to funding full and partial scholarships for the 2016-17 school year.

In making the announcement of Landi’s new status, board chair Dana Kilborne said in a press release, “He has supported the Trustees in the discussion of initiatives for the long-term benefit of our school, beyond the traditional role of an interim leader, and we see value in continuing to bring his significant experience to bear in support of our students and faculty, and in all areas of our program: spiritual, academic and character development.”

Prior to coming to Holy Trinity, Landi served as Headmaster of The Salisbury School in Salisbury, Maryland from 2002-2006 and again from 2008-2013. In that time, he headed a campaign to build a new middle school and increased enrollment more than 20 percent.

He was also the Headmaster/Head of Upper School at the Community School of Naples from 1985-2001, where he helped grow enrollment from 80 to 700 students.

In discussing all that Holy Trinity has to offer, Landi said he enjoys coming to work every day because the students are so “upbeat, and kind and considerate” and because of how deeply committed his colleagues are to providing students with the best education possible.

“This is a magnificent place,” Landi said. “It would be hard for somebody in my stage of life to say, ‘You know, I’d rather not do this.’

“I’d rather do this and feel that I’m contributing something to the school, and that my contribution will move the school to the next level.”

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