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HSP Announces 2019-20 Leadership

Posted: 4/6/2019

The administration of Holy Spirit Prep is happy to announce its campus leadership in the 2019-20 school year. 

What We Value in Leadership
The school has concluded a search for an Upper School Principal and Assistant Head of School. Our assessment of candidates first began with seeking someone who would have a single-minded commitment to the mission of our school:

  • We want to instill and encourage within the children of our community a deep and abiding faith in God’s blessings and love for them;
  • We want to teach them to exercise prudence – the ability to make good decisions for the rest of their lives – by obtaining a rigorous academic foundation, accompanied by their own cultivated power of reason; and
  • We want them to embody magnanimity – a greatness of character and soul – so that they may go through life with a spirit of courage, a spirit of joy, a spirit of kindness, and a spirit of generosity.
  • Next, we wanted to ensure the candidate would champion and have immediate and long-term impact on strengthening our community—the special communion of souls who are our students, our families, our faculty, and our staff.

Upper School Leadership
The person we felt was most capable, and most qualified, to help us continue with this mission as the School’s Assistant Head of School and Upper School Principal is Dr. Ed Lindekugel. Dr. Lindekugel brings a depth of Catholic school leadership experience, most recently as a Headmaster and High School Principal. He has experience in strengthening academic programs, significantly growing school enrollment, and promoting programs of virtue within the athletics department—attributes we see as vital for the future of the Upper School.

After graduating magna cum laude from the University of Maryland, Dr. Lindekugel received an MBA from there and then a Master of Arts in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University. In 2015, he received a Doctorate of Education in educational leadership from Georgia State University. In addition, SAIS and AdvancED have regularly called on Dr. Lindekugel to chair various accreditation reviews for schools across the Southeast. In 2018, he founded and has led the Catholic School Services division of Southern Teachers Agency, the nation’s oldest teacher and administrator placement firm in the country. Dr. Lindekugel has also continued to serve as an adjunct professor in the Tift School of Education at Mercer University.

Dr. Lindekugel is married to Gina Lindekugel, a labor and employment attorney. They have three sons: Joseph, who attends the University of Georgia; David, who attends Georgia College and State University; and Michael, who will graduate from high school in 2020. 

With nearly 20 years of experience in school administration, particularly in independent Catholic school administration; a devoted Catholic faith; and a single-minded commitment to the mission of forming students into joyful and faithful leaders, Dr. Lindekugel is comprehensively qualified and exceptionally situated to lead our Upper School community and assist with the School’s strategic initiatives going forward.

Dr. Lindekugel writes: “For over a decade now, I have viewed Holy Spirit Prep as a beacon and exemplar of what a loving, faithful, and strong Catholic school community can be. I cannot express how excited I am to join Holy Spirit Prep as its Assistant Head of School and Upper School Principal. I am truly grateful for this opportunity and sincerely hope to serve the Holy Spirit Prep family for many years to come.”

Dr. Lindekugel will officially begin at Holy Spirit Prep on Tuesday, April 23, collaborating with Head of School Mr. Pietrantonio and outgoing Upper School Principal Mrs. Sotomayor as he orients himself to the school community.

Lower School Leadership
Head of School Mr. Pietrantonio is committed to integrating the Lower School more closely with our Upper School, and working to create an even more seamless connection between the two campuses. Therefore, for the following year, and in consideration of Dr Lindekugel’s administrative experience with upper schools, Mr. Pietrantonio will return to the Lower School campus as interim Lower School Principal for the 2019-20 school year, while maintaining his role and responsibilities as Head of School. Ms. Karyn Vickery, who has served as the campus’s Assistant Principal, will assume a more prominent role as the Associate Principal of the Lower School. Ms. Vickery will be finishing her master’s degree in educational leadership at the University of Dayton this May.