Josephinum Announces Upcoming Leadership Transition


(CHICAGO) November 24, 2020 – Josephinum Academy of the Sacred Heart is announcing that school president Patti Tuomey, EdD., will transition to an advisory role and Richard (Rich) McMenamin, chairman of Josephinum’s board of directors and vice-president of business development at VCapital, will become the school’s new president effective January 15, 2021. Josephinum Academy, located at 1501 N. Oakley Blvd. in Wicker Park, is Chicago’s longest-standing all-girls Catholic high school.

McMenamin stated, “After my decades of service in Catholic institutions as a volunteer, board member, and most recently as board chair at Josephinum, I recently contemplated a career shift toward greater immersion in the critical and substantive work of Catholic education.  When Patti signaled her intention to step down, I immediately offered my commitment to lead the school as President.”  After months of diligent analysis, the Josephinum board recently voted unanimously in favor of McMenamin’s ascendency to president.  The board is deeply moved by his personal commitment and plans for future expansion of the school and its mission.

McMenamin has supported Josephinum for more than 15 years and has served as chairman of Josephinum’s Board since 2018. He is a business leader with more than 40 years of executive experience in several industries, most recently in venture capital. In addition, he has been actively engaged in Chicago’s civic and Catholic communities throughout his career including serving on committees of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School (Pilsen), Christo Rey St. Martin College Prep, the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Concern Worldwide and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. McMenamin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from Loyola University Chicago. 

Tuomey, who is credited with elevating Josephinum’s profile and setting fundraising records throughout her tenure as president from 2017-2020, said, “It’s been a tremendous honor to serve Josephinum and its extraordinary students, faculty and administration. The school has a 130-year history of innovation and leadership and I look forward to great things ahead as the Jo celebrates 131 years and beyond.” Tuomey will consult for Josephinum through June 2021.

Principal Colleen Schrantz will continue to lead the academic program at the school. Schrantz recently completed a prestigious fellowship program at the Center for Transformational Educational Leadership at Notre Dame University and she is a Big Shoulders Fund Sullivan Fellow. 

Incoming board chair, Ben Ivory, who currently serves as vice-board chair, praised Tuomey, McMenamin, and Schrantz for their dedication to Josephinum and their efforts on a seamless transition. “Our students are our top priority, and our leadership team is collaborating to ensure a positive and lasting impact on our entire community.”

Josephinum, which is celebrating its 130-year anniversary this year, provides a high-quality college-preparatory education that empowers girls to succeed in college, career and life. The “Jo,” as students traditionally refer to the school, serves nearly 150 students from more than 40 zip codes across Chicago.  


About Josephinum Academy

Josephinum Academy of the Sacred Heart offers academic excellence combined with holistic, moral and spiritual development in an affordable college-preparatory environment for girls in Chicago. The school serves a diverse population of young women representing 20 different nationalities and 40 Chicago zip codes. The Class of 2020 received more than $4.4 million in merit-based college scholarships. For more information, visit