Transition Statement from the Board of Directors

Transition Statement from the Board of Directors

May 10, 2018

Dear Bishop McDevitt Family:

As you know, Sister Mary Anne Bednar announced earlier this week that she will step down as principal of Bishop McDevitt High School on June 12, 2018.  We extend to her our gratitude and thanks for an incredible 15 years of service to our students, faculty and staff, and the mission of providing the Harrisburg region with a high-quality Catholic education.

Sister Mary Anne has served our community with an open and generous heart during a time of tremendous change and accomplishment.  Her contributions have been an important part of this school’s great history and reputation for student achievement and alumni success.  For that, we are thankful and look forward to celebrating her legacy at an event to honor her in the very near future.  We have asked Cheri Comasco to take the lead on this effort, and she will share those details with you as soon as she can!

Our next and most immediate task is to make the right moves to ensure continuity, stability, and a standard of excellence at the school. Cathy Pagliaro will serve as interim principal.  In her role as Assistant Principal for Academics, Mrs. Pagliaro is an experienced administrator and has been part of the Bishop McDevitt community as a student, teacher, administrator, and parent.  We are confident her steady leadership will keep the school moving forward during this time of transition, along with the support and respect of the faculty, staff, families, and students.

Times of change are also times of opportunity.  Bishop McDevitt has a 100 year tradition of excellence, so it is important that we embrace this moment to build on our unique strengths and prosper as a Catholic, faith-based private school in an evolving education marketplace.

Toward this end, we have begun to pursue a President-Principal model of leadership, which has emerged nationally as a model of innovation and success. This structure divides the multiple administrative roles and responsibilities of a high school’s leadership between two individuals.  We like that it recognizes the tremendous time, energy, and talent that must go into providing academic and operations management, as well as the leadership required to ensure financial resources, strategic planning, communications, fidelity to mission, and vision for the future.  The results of other schools adopting this model are impressive, and we believe it can be effective for Bishop McDevitt.

To further our exploration, we have engaged Partners in Mission, a Catholic education consulting and recruiting firm, to help us fine tune Bishop McDevitt’s future leadership structure, and identify our options to determine the best, most appropriate path for our school’s long-term success, including a national search for potential candidates to fill the position of President.

As we move forward, please know that we are committed to a thoughtful approach that engages representatives from all of our stakeholder groups. We invite you to share your input and suggestions as we enter into this exciting new chapter of our school’s history. Our preeminent goal is to provide a seamless transition for our current students, faculty and staff.  You will hear much more from us about our plans and progress in the coming weeks and months ahead. In the meantime, please keep us in your prayers as we work to ensure Bishop McDevitt’s ongoing success.


Board of Directors

Bishop McDevitt High School

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