Maui educator chosen as St. Anthony head of school


The Maui News

St. Anthony has selected Maui educator David Kenney as its new head of school following a “rigorous nationwide search,” the school announced Tuesday.

Kenney and another candidate were chosen from among four semifinalists who were extensively interviewed and vetted. The two finalists completed individual daylong on-campus visits with constituents and stakeholders representing the school and parish communities before Kenney was named to the position.

He will officially begin his role on July 12.

“I am truly honored and humbled for the opportunity to lead St. Anthony School,” Kenney said in a news release. “St. Anthony has a rich deep history of providing excellent academic experiences rooted in Catholic values emphasizing ‘ohana, friendship, integrity, faith and generosity. As demonstrated by the teachers, parents, alumni and greater St. Anthony’s community I have met so far, the level of passion for the school has been most remarkable and impressive.”

Kenney is finishing his fifth year as a district educational specialist with the state Department of Education Maui District, according to the news release. In nearly 30 years in education, he has served in various administrative roles, including school psychologist, early childhood coordinator and districtwide executive leadership roles.

Kenney holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Catholic University of America, a Master of Education from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from the University of Massachusetts at Boston. He has also completed coursework related to school finance and business administration, selection and development of educational personnel, legal aspects of school administration and human concerns in schools.

As head of school, Kenney will hold full responsibility for implementing the school mission, Catholic identity, academic excellence and all other aspects of the school’s business operations, the news release said. He will be directly responsible for partnering with the school board to continue and build upon the school’s Strategic Plan.

“We look forward to the leadership and value David will bring as our new head of school,” said Jeanne Unemori Skog, chairperson of the St. Anthony School Board and the search committee. “His demonstrated success in education will ensure that SAS will continue its current momentum and growth mindset in providing a quality experience to Maui’s families.”


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