Founding

In 1972, the only Catholic high school in Austin closed. Within ten years, ours was the only US major city without a Catholic high school. Led by Dr. Leonard Dolce, a small group of parents and Catholic lay leaders commissioned a study that revealed the Austin community would enthusiastically support such a school. In 1984, St. Michael's Catholic Academy opened its doors. It was one of the first Catholic schools in the nation to be established entirely by lay people. The land and the school buildings are not owned by the diocese – a striking departure from typical Catholic schools. Although the Diocese of Austin has been extremely supportive, lay people have assumed full responsibility for the St. Michael's. Since the school’s beginning, trustees, parents, faculty and staff have labored to realize its founding vision: to be a first-class Catholic secondary school that nourishes the minds, bodies and spirits of its students, preparing them for a challenging college education and a Christian adult life.

Meet Our Trustees

                                                                                                                                                                                  

List of 9 members.

  • Photo of Jarrett Anderson

    Jarrett Anderson 

    Bio
  • Photo of Jason Beiter

    Jason Beiter 

    Bio
  • Photo of Louis Brusatti

    Louis Brusatti 

    Bio
  • Photo of Christopher Dolce

    Christopher Dolce 

    Bio
  • Photo of Kareem Hajjar

    Kareem Hajjar 

    Bio
  • Photo of Tim Kane

    Tim Kane 

    Bio
  • Photo of Timothy Keyes

    Timothy Keyes 

    Bio
  • Photo of Stephanie Lucie

    Stephanie Lucie 

    Bio
  • Catherine Martinez 

List of 6 members.

  • Photo of Terry Modoff

    Terry Modoff 

    Bio
  • Photo of Reagan Nash

    Reagan Nash 

    Bio
  • Photo of Joanne Senn

    Joanne Senn 

    Bio
  • Keili Smith 

  • Photo of Al Sommers

    Al Sommers 

    Bio
  • Photo of Leslie Suffoletta

    Leslie Suffoletta 

    Bio

The Articles of Incorporation for St. Michael’s were first filed on February 16, 1983, under the corporate name A Catholic High School for Austin, Inc. (doing business as St. Michael’s Academy). A Texas non-profit corporation, the School is governed by a Board of Trustees. The Board is a self-perpetuating body, electing trustees to serve three-year terms. The Head of School and the Superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Austin are ex officio non-voting members of the Board.

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Mr. Jarrett Anderson, Vice Chair
Mr. Jason Beiter
Fr. Louis Brusatti
Mr. Juan Creixell ’90 
Mr. Christopher Dolce, Chair (Alumnus '88)
Mr. Kareem Hajjar (Alumnus '96)
Mr. Tim Kane
Mr. Tim Keyes
Ms. Stephanie Lucie, Secretary
Ms. Catherine Martinez
Ms. Terry Modoff
Mr. Reagan Nash
Ms. Joanne Senn
Ms. Keili Smith
Mr. Al Sommers
Ms.Leslie Suffoletta, Treasurer

Ex Officio Non-Voting Members
Dr. Dawn Nichols, Head of School
Ms. Misty Poe, Superintendent of Catholic Schools
 

Founders

  • Dr. C. Leonard Dolce, Chair
  • Mr. Thomas Blair
  • Mr. Louis Brill
  • Mr. James Carpenter
  • Mr. Travis Froehlich
  • Mr. T. Kevin McConn
  • Dr. Thomas Schatz
  • Mr. Garry Vacek

Founding Values

Encounter Christ
Be Christ to others and seek Christ in the Eucharist, the Scriptures, and the people around us.

Radiate Joy
Be happy, thankful, hopeful, and kind.

Aspire for Better
Set and passionately pursue aspirational goals.

Collaborate
Work together for the common good, through informed candor rooted in relational trust.

Respect the Family
Nurture the bonds of family, the primary source of education and spiritual formation.

Act with Integrity
Cultivate an inner voice of honor and heroic virtue.