Dimitris Katos, the newly elected President of Hellenic College - Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. (Photo: TNH/Archive/Theodore Kalmoukos)
BOSTON – Demetrios Katos, former Dean and professor at Hellenic College, may become the new president of Hellenic College – Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA according to information gathered so far by The National Herald. Specifically, the leading candidate for the presidency, Demetrios Logothetis, withdrew his candidacy two weeks ago, as revealed by TNH and he himself confirmed a day later in an interview, explaining the reasons that led him to this decision.
Following Logothetis’ withdrawal from the trio of final candidates, it seems that Katos, who appears to be the most likely to be chosen, is now the frontrunner. However, according to insider information, there seems to be some controversy because a faction within Hellenic College does not seem to support his candidacy. This is due to Katos openly discussing the need for the College’s restructuring by collaborating with another college in the region. Additionally, he directly addressed the urgent need for cuts in excessive spending today, although he has noted that he was not informed about the actual financial situation of the School, which, as claimed by Cantonis, the outgoing president, in a recent interview with TNH, differs from what was has been officially presented.
There was a consideration among officials of the School to propose to Archbishop Elpidophoros, in his capacity as the chairman of the Board of Trustees, to appoint a temporary president, so that a new effort could be made to find a president. However, at least until today, Archbishop Elpidophoros does not seem to have adopt this idea. The Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet on Thursday, November 30, 2023, to decide on the issue of the president.
The vice chairman is Fr. John Magoulias from California. Messages from TNH to both Fr. Magoulas and Katos remained unanswered at the time of this writing.
Katos is currently the Director of Giving and College Initiatives at the College of Social Sciences and Humanities at Northeastern University in Boston.
As reported by TNH, on June 5, 2023, a six-member committee was appointed to find a new president. The Board of Trustees appointed two members, one from the Faculty of Hellenic College and one from the Faculty of the Theological School. Additionally, Archbishop Elpidophoros appointed two members. The committee’s president was Fr. Mark Leontis from Florida, and its members included Spiros Katehis, Philippos Mamalakis, Dimitris Papakostas, Kathleen Ryan, and Catherine Yatrakis. The committee’s work was set to commence the following week, on June 10, and was to continue throughout the summer and fall.
It is noteworthy that no metropolitan of the Eparchial Synod participated, despite the fact that the School educates priests who will serve in communities under the omophorion of the metropolitans and under their general ecclesiastical supervision.
After the completion of the committee’s investigation, the Archdiocese issued a statement, the full text of which follows:
“The Hellenic College Holy Cross Presidential Search Committee is pleased to announce the candidates for the President. The final three candidates (alphabetical order) are: Rev. Dr. James Katinas, Dr. Demetrios Katos, Mr. James Logothetis.
During the twelve-week search, the Committee proactively sought to attract the most qualified candidates. The Committee personally contacted and requested names from the members of the Eparchial Synod, Hierarchs, Faculty of Holy Cross and Hellenic College, leaders in various Archdiocesan Ministries and Institutions. Additionally, they requested that members of the Board of Trustees and each priest serving in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, as well as key stakeholders and leaders in various Orthodox agencies in America, encourage highly-qualified people to apply for this position.
At the close of the twelve-week period, all of the applications received were reviewed and reflected upon through an extensive process. The Committee narrowed down the number of candidates to six.
Following the interviews and background checks, the Committee deliberated on each candidate’s responses, applications and resumes. After careful consideration of each candidate, three leading candidates emerged for the final selection process. The Committee is confident that these three candidates possess the necessary qualifications to lead HCHC as an effective President.
The candidates will visit the campus of Hellenic College Holy Cross for in-person interviews during the week of November 13, 2023, where they will have the opportunity to meet with: Hellenic College Faculty; Holy Cross Faculty; Student Body; Senior Staff; and the Board of Trustees. Members of the Search Committee will lead and facilitate the meetings.
Following the visits, the Search Committee will write a report on each of the meetings with candidates, along with their recommendations, and present them to the Board of Trustees at the November 30, 2023 Meeting.”
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