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Michael Kennedy comes to The Frances Xavier Warde School from La Lumiere, an independent Catholic boarding high school in La Porte, Indiana, where he has been Headmaster since 2004. Mr. Kennedy graduated from La Lumiere in 1986, serving as president of the student body and a key member of the athletic teams. He matriculated at Boston College graduating in 1990, and later earned a Masters Degree in Administration from The University of Notre Dame.

During his tenure, Mr. Kennedy has guided La Lumiere through its first ever comprehensive capital campaign, an aspirational and inspirational Strategic Plan and more recently the School’s first ever Campus Master Plan. In the last decade, La Lumiere School has experienced unprecedented growth in all areas of school. Enrollment and giving nearly doubled. The number of faculty with advanced degrees tripled. Curricula expanded.

Mr. Kennedy’s first job in education was with Georgetown Preparatory School in Bethesda, Maryland. In 1996, Mr. Kennedy moved to Marmion Academy, an all-boys Benedictine boarding and day school, to serve as their Admissions Director. In 1997, Kennedy joined the staff at Latin School of Chicago as Assistant Director of Admissions, and in 1999 became Director of Admissions and Financial Aid before returning to La Lumiere in 2004.

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