TOLEDO—The Board of Directors for Toledo Central Catholic High School announced a reorganization plan for the school’s governance structure. The reorganization is the result of an extensive initiative by the board to modernize how the school operates.
Father Dennis Hartigan is to remain president of Central Catholic and responsible for the religious affairs of the school. He will also continue to work with donors and development strategies.
“I am excited to advance the areas of religious studies, Catholic formation and Catholic identity, as well as working with development, to further of the mission of Central Catholic High School,” stated Fr. Hartigan.
A newly-created position, chief executive officer, is to join Fr. Hartigan on the leadership team.
The board has appointed a search committee to oversee the hiring process for the new position. The CEO is to oversee Central Catholic’s school operations including academics, athletics, development, technology and facilities.
In addition, the board is to transition from an advisory board to a true governance board.
“Education has changed and Central Catholic has changed, and the board feels that this new structure better reflects today’s world,” said Mike Hanley, chairman of the board. “The new CEO position will free Fr. Hartigan to focus on mission-based leadership and our relationship with our community. At the same time, our board will take a more active role in leading Central Catholic though the reorganization.”
The process began last June, when Central’s board of directors engaged in a strategy session that included a discussion to identify best board practices. The discussion was prompted by the evolution of Central Catholic into a more complex organization — more challenging and multi-year programs, a more diverse student body, use of more technology, expansion of its academic programs and athletic facilities
In addition, the board recognized changes nationwide in Catholic secondary school governance. The board also determined that it should make a shift from its traditional advisory role and will become more involved with financial and operational oversight.
“This has been a good process, and we’ve brought a lot of people’s ideas into the reorganization,” Mr. Hanley said. “We truly believe in our mission and the education we provide. These changes will ensure that Central Catholic remains the special place that it is today.”