February 23, 2012

Valle Catholic Schools names new principal

Submitted article

STE. GENEVIEVE Ė The Rev. Dennis Schmidt, pastor of the Church of Ste. Genevieve announced today that Mark Gilligan, Ph.D. has accepted the position of principal at Valle Catholic Schools.

In December 2011, a search committee was charged to find a progressive leader in Catholic education who could lead Valle Catholic into the future.

The search brought a number of highly qualified candidates from around the country.

Gilligan received a Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum & Instruction in 2007 from Saint Louis University. In 2002 he was conferred with a Masters of Arts in Theology from the same institution. For The last 13 years Mark has been with Ursuline Academy, an all-girls Catholic high school in St. Louis, where he presently serves as the Assistant Principal and Chair of the Theology Department. Prior to Ursuline, Mark worked for six years at Queen of All Saints Grade School. He also serves as an adjunct Professor of Computer Education at Fontbonne University.

Joe Rozier, chair of the search committee, said he was pleasantly surprised by the number and quality of applicants.

"We too often sell ourselves short," said Rozier. "People from the outside saw the strength of Ste. Genevieve as a community and they heard about Valle Catholicís strong support from the parish, our alumni and our parents. We have a great story to tell. Many applicants saw a bright future for Valle Catholic Schools and wanted to be part of it."

The depth of Gilliganís experience and his personal commitment to Catholic education made him the perfect candidate to lead Valle Catholic according to members of the committee.

Schmidt said, "Mark is considered by many to be one of the best Catholic educators in the region, and we are humbled and pleased that he has chosen to bring his talents and energy to Valle Catholic."

Gilligan will begin his duties during the 2012-2013 academic year.