July 1, 2020
Dear Gibbons Community,
On behalf of the Cardinal Gibbons Board of Directors, we extend a warm welcome to Jeff Bell, who officially begins his tenure today as the first Head of School in the 110-year history of Cardinal Gibbons High School. Selected unanimously in December after an extensive national search, Jeff previously was the founding Head of School at Beacon Academy, a co-ed high school in Evanston, IL.
A person of faith and integrity, Jeff comes to Gibbons with a wealth of leadership experience as a secondary school administrator and educator. In the last 18 years, he has served as an educator, coach, department head, assistant academic dean, academic dean, and founding head of school. He also brings a progressive and innovative approach to education to Gibbons and is highly committed to the mission and values of our school.
Since his selection last winter, Jeff has met with administrators and educators to become familiar with the mission, culture, and environment of our school. After he moved to Raleigh with his family in April, Jeff has been actively involved at Gibbons, while still taking care of his responsibilities at Beacon Academy.
Over the last two months, he has been working with Interim Principal Nancy Barkan, the Board of Directors, diocesan leaders, and educators to make the leadership transition at Gibbons as smooth as possible. Doing so is especially important during these most challenging and unsettling times.
To that end, Jeff has taken a lead role in establishing a COVID-19 Task Force, composed of members of the Board of Directors, educators, and parents. The task force is developing a plan for the 2020-21 school year that offers the best possible educational environment with appropriate safety and support for all members of our community.
We thank Nancy for her unwavering commitment and tireless efforts on behalf of our school community. We also look forward to Jeff guiding Gibbons to an ever-deeper embracing of our mission, “to form men and women of faith, service, and leadership in church and community.”
Yours in prayer,
Board of Directors Chair