BOISE -Bishop Kelly High School has announced the selection of Bill Avey as its third president. His appointment becomes effective on July 1 after the school's current president, Rich Raimondi, retires after 12 years of service to the school.
(See the March 11 Idaho Catholic Register as we reflect back on Rich Raimondi’s tenure at Bishop Kelly High School.)
The Bishop Kelly Board of Governance unanimously voted to appoint Bill Avey as president, said Laura Alvarez-Schrag, chair of the board in a press release issued by the school on Tuesday, March 7. “Bill was selected because of his exceptional depth of character, passion for the position, and his visionary thinking. He comes to our wonderful community extremely qualified and talented, yet humble and caring,” Alvarez-Schrag said.
Avey brings 25-plus years of experience in the technology industry and currently leads Hewlett-Packard Education, a division of the company that is focused on improving learning outcomes for all students. Avey was instrumental in helping schools connect to technology resources during the height of the COVID pandemic.
At HP since 1988, Avey has worked across multiple business units including Managed Services, Personal Systems, and the Imaging and Printing Group. According to the BK press release, Avey’s functional experience is diverse and includes marketing, sales, finance, supply chain, services, logistics, and operations. “His passion for people and the business consistently translated into top- and bottom-line results,” the BK statement said.
“It is a tremendous honor and privilege to have the opportunity to serve as president of Bishop Kelly High School, a community that has meant so much to my entire family and me,” Avey said. “I am very grateful to be able to partner with the school's faculty, staff, administration, Board of Governance, families, alumni, and friends to fulfill Bishop Kelly’s mission in the years ahead.”
Avey holds an MBA from the University of Notre Dame and a Bachelor of Science degree in Managerial Economics from the University of California at Davis. “He is passionate about community both inside of Hewlitt Packard and in the broader community,” the BK statement said.
Avey and his wife, Christine, are parents to Nathan, BK Class of 2020, and Maggie who will graduate from BK in 2023. The family resides in Eagle and enjoys all the outdoor activities Idaho has to offer.
Outside of work, Avey serves on the board of trustees and executive committee for the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, on the board of directors of the Boise Chamber of Commerce, and as a member of the Idaho Business for Education. He and his family are active members of Holy Apostles Parish in Meridian.
The BK press statement said, “Avey’s selection as president comes after a rigorous search process and months of discernment, during which the Board's search committee considered many highly qualified candidates from around the nation.”
“Our extensive search process, as well as Bill’s unique skill set and talents, confirmed that he has the qualities Bishop Kelly High School needs to lead the school into the future,” Alvarez-Schrag said. “Among his many talents, he is committed to Catholic education and Bishop Kelly’s mission,” she said. “He is an engaging leader who cares deeply about others including the broader community. He has a proven track record of dynamic, ethical, collaborative, effective, and strategic leadership. We are confident that he will build on the successes of our great presidents who have served before him.”
Avey will be officially introduced at reception Tuesday at the Bishop Kelly campus. He will be installed at the Mass of the Holy Spirit held at BK in late August. Details about welcome events will be provided in the months ahead.
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