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Kevin Rea named EHS President

EHS announces Kevin Rea as new President
Kevin ReaApril 21, 2022

MADISON (WI) – The Edgewood High School Board of Directors announced today that Kevin Rea, a highly regarded and respected Catholic school administrator from Rhode Island, will be filling the president role currently held by Mike Elliott. Elliott announced his retirement last October after nine years of service in the school’s top leadership position. Mr. Rea will begin his role on July 1.

“I feel deeply honored and thrilled that I will be joining the Edgewood High School community as President at such an exciting time in its history,” Rea said. “I loved every moment of the interview process and my visit to Edgewood. I look forward to working with the Board, Principal Jerry Zander and all the faculty and staff of Edgewood to continue the leadership, dedication and commitment demonstrated by Mike Elliott during his tenure as President.” 

Most recently, Mr. Rea served as President of Wyoming Seminary School from 2015-21 before returning to Rhode Island for family reasons. Prior to that, he was assistant head of school at Hackley School in Tarrytown, NY and has also served in various education and administration roles in the United Kingdom. 

Marykay Zimbrick, Board Chair and a member of the President Search Committee noted the high caliber of candidates the committee met during the process. “We feel very fortunate to have had so many qualified and impressive candidates during this thorough search process,” Zimbrick stated. “We are extremely grateful to our search committee and to all members of the Edgewood community who participated in the search to find the best match for our next president.”


“We are confident Kevin will be an excellent fit for our Edgewood community,” Zimbrick said. “He is well-positioned to help us build on the strong foundation that Mike Elliott and previous presidents as well as our Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa sponsors, faculty, staff, students and families have built throughout Edgewood’s history.” 

Mike Elliott, a 1977 graduate of Edgewood, has served as president of the school since 2013. His wife, Sue, and three daughters were also alumnae of the high school. “Edgewood has played a significant role in my life and in the lives of my family,” Elliott said. “It has been my great honor and privilege to serve as Edgewood’s president for the past nine years.” 

“Together, we have addressed many challenges and celebrated many milestones and I’m so proud of where Edgewood is headed,” explained Elliott. “I’m confident Kevin, in partnership with the entire Edgewood community, including our generous donors and alumni, will continue the beloved Edgewood tradition and make the Edgewood experience even better. Go Crusaders!” 

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