From the Board of Trustees, Trinity Schools, Inc.:
It is with heartfelt regret that we announce the resignation of Paul C. DeCelles, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Trinity Schools, Inc., but we are delighted to announce the election of Craig S. Lent as the new Chair of the Board, effective April 1, 2010.
Paul has been Chair since the founding of the first Trinity School in 1981. Under his leadership we have grown from a small school of approximately 40 students, holding class in a rented church facility, to a student body of 700 students, 3 campuses and approximately 150,000 square feet of educational space. During Paul's tenure, all three Trinity Schools have won the prestigious blue ribbon award from US Department of Education. Most importantly we've produced 1,500 graduates who have excelled academically, in the performing arts, in civic leadership, and in the service of the poor and needy.
Paul's passion for learning, and specifically for the unique education of Trinity Schools, along with the vision which he brought to fruition over the past 29 years as Chair of the Board of Trustees is unsurpassed. "I will miss collaborating with all the leaders of the community of learners," says Paul, "but I am especially grateful for my long association with Clem Walters, Kevin Ranaghan and Kerry Koller, who have been with me on the Board since the beginning. I'm also grateful that Craig has accepted this position."
We will miss Paul, but we support him in his decision to focus his efforts on the burgeoning mission, business and communication activities of the People of Praise. Please join us in thanking him for his many years of service to the mission of Trinity Schools and in praying for his continuing efforts to serve God and his people.
Together with Paul, we welcome Dr. Craig Lent as the new Chair of the Board. Craig is well suited for this responsibility. He is the Frank M. Freimann Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. Although he is a new member of the Board, Craig has been engaged with Trinity as a parent and as a consultant to our math curriculum reviews. He is also responsible for the creation of the brilliant Matlab course of instruction at Trinity and training its teachers. He and his wife, Mary, are the parents of two Trinity School at Greenlawn alumni.