Carondelet High School in Concord Appoints New President

March 3, 2014 17:30 pm · 27 comments


The Board of Directors of Carondelet High School in Concord today announced that it and the Provincial Council of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, after an extensive national search, have appointed Bonnie Cotter as the new president of the school, effective April 1, 2014.

Cotter brings 17 years of educational leadership experience to the position, including experience in school administration, institutional advancement, fundraising, and marketing. The presidency had been filled only on an interim basis since the death of former president Jennifer Martin in April of 2013.

Cotter comes to Carondelet High School from St. Mary’s School in Orange County, where she helped to integrate marketing and strategic planning with development and enrollment management in her position as director of institutional advancement. Previously, Cotter served for six years as headmaster of Davidson Day School in North Carolina, where she managed school operations, implemented strategic marketing and branding initiatives, and directed major fundraising campaigns. Prior to that, for six years, she assisted in overall management of the 800-student Cannon School, where she directed strategic planning and advancement initiatives as assistant head of school.

In recommending Cotter’s appointment, the search committee and Board of Directors noted that they found her to be the kind of visionary leader they were seeking, as Carondelet High School approaches its 50-year anniversary in 2015. “Bonnie is passionate about moving Carondelet High School forward, and she is excited to lead a school where her faith and professional life will come together,” said Robert Fahlman, chair of the Carondelet High School Board of Directors. “We are confident that she is the right leader for this important time in the School’s history, and we believe that we will be blessed as she shares her expertise and vision with the Carondelet community.”

As president of Carondelet High School, Cotter will be responsible for the School’s immediate and long-term spiritual and financial management and for providing leadership that advances the School’s mission, vision, and philosophy. The principal, who manages all academic and co-curricular aspects of the School, reports to and collaborates with the president.

“I have been searching for a school community that is truly committed to a mission and vision that prepares students to think for themselves and act for others, and I believe I have found the perfect home at Carondelet High School,” said Cotter. “I am thrilled to be joining this community with its amazing tradition of educating young women through the mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet—a mission that resonates deeply with me and my educational philosophy. I am eager to get started and begin working with the Carondelet community to help shape the school’s future for the next 50 years and beyond.”

Cotter succeeds Sister Ann Bernard O’Shea CSJ, who has served as interim president since the sudden death of Jennifer Martin, who had joined Carondelet High School as president in July 2012. Sister Ann Bernard had previously served as Martin’s senior advisor, consulting on the charism and culture of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Serving again as senior advisor to the new president, Sister Ann Bernard will remain at Carondelet High School through the 2014-15 fiscal year.

funny man March 3, 2014 at 5:33 PM

all this because of fried chicken and watermelon?
4/1? is it a joke then?

The Closer March 3, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Well hellooo Bonnie. Welcome to the Claycord community.

CT March 3, 2014 at 6:36 PM

I smell fried chicken.

Jermy March 3, 2014 at 7:26 PM

Do you think she can serve so,e watermelon and fried chicken???

NRA #1 fan and member March 3, 2014 at 7:30 PM

@funny man

i thought he same…..fry chicken and waffles and watermelon must of caused this.

anon March 3, 2014 at 7:58 PM

Much ado about nothing.

Anon March 3, 2014 at 8:15 PM

How can so many people be so ignorant??
Do you not read the story? Can you only comprehend the headline?
They have been looking for a president for many months now since their past president passed away. Sr Ann Bernard was graciously stepping in until someone was found.
Please try to educate yourselves.

Truth Teller March 3, 2014 at 8:17 PM

This effects so many of us….Hahahaha

puffandstuff March 3, 2014 at 8:36 PM

Thank you #8 – that is exactly what I was thinking reading all the comments.

NRA #1 fan and member March 3, 2014 at 8:46 PM

I love fry chicken regardless of MLK and black man history month.

Guns don’t kill people kill.

Dear Bonnie, March 3, 2014 at 8:52 PM

I hope the students who graduate from Carondelet can read better than some of the idiots posting in this thread.

A-Holes, please stop commenting and go back to bed...forever March 3, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Why are so many idiots insulting this lady with their moronic posts???? Cant you just respect a new person coming into a job and give her a break? I bet she is much more intelligent than all of you combined. I mean, she graduated from school (yes, not like the low life drop outs on this post) and has worked hard in her past experiences…what the f- have you useless pieces of burned flesh and crap put together ever done?

How about, some random person just insults you when you step into a new position with useless drivel? Oh wait, most of you trolls do not even have jobs!!!!

Please go away and crawl back under the rocks you came from. and do not reproduce.

A-Holes, please stop commenting and go back to bed...forever March 3, 2014 at 10:38 PM

Oh yeah and post #11 is stupid. but we already knew that. racist…

Here is an idea... March 3, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Let us all get pictures of the fellow trolls on Claycord and post their ugly faces/bios/lack of life experiences and make fun of them relentlessly.

Then, we can also post pictures/bios of their fat kids and make fun of them too!!!

Just a thought….

This is EXACTLY the kind of news Claycord readers should be interested in. March 4, 2014 at 12:42 AM

If it doesn’t affect you, don’t read it. If you can’t offer a decent comment, go away.

Truth Speller March 4, 2014 at 1:51 AM

@Truth Teller – It is affects, not effects.

That was quick March 4, 2014 at 4:50 AM

Didn’t take long for the claycord troll to show up and crap in the sandbox.

Cowellian March 4, 2014 at 6:20 AM

If they didn’t allow a-holes to post, we wouldn’t have any posters crying “racism” every time they read something that they don’t agree with.

Anon March 4, 2014 at 7:43 AM

“If it doesn’t affect you, don’t read it. If you can’t offer a decent comment, go away”

Its a BLOG– this is AMERICA– deal with it

DLS Alum March 4, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Wow – so nice to finally see some news about a high school other than CVCHS! Congrats to Ms. Cotter!

Truth Teller March 4, 2014 at 9:13 AM

Truth Speller – Effect is appropriate. Affect is too. Nice try though. And you proved my point.

Mr. Pink March 4, 2014 at 11:48 AM

ugh. No matter what the post, there is a never ending flood of negative commentary.

Long Time Claycord Member March 4, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Mr. Pink #22,

You haven’t seen anything until you’ve been a part of the early days when comments weren’t moderated. I actually prefered it back then, the entertainment that would occur when two internet tough guys would start arguing was awesome. I understand why the mayor had to change but I still miss it.

TL;DR – if you think it’s negative now you should have seen the old days.

Grammar Mom March 4, 2014 at 1:44 PM

No, Truth Teller, you did not use “effect” correctly in your sentence. Truth Speller was correct. It should have been “affect”.

Ruby Tuesday March 4, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Congratulations Ms. Cotter! Best of luck and success…..

Khloe March 4, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Beautiful & smart! Wellcome aboard! Contrast on your new journey!

Truth Teller March 4, 2014 at 7:35 PM

Grammar mom – you both are wrong. Either
way works.
Some with it. God Bless You..

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