Since her first day of kindergarten at Holy Cross Elementary in upstate New York, Allyson Headd has been immersed in Catholic education. Her faith-based schooling and work have taken her to four continents. Today, she was named principal at Marquette Catholic High School.
After months of collaboration and discussion, the Diocese of Gary - behind the approval of Most Reverend Bishop Donald J. Hying - has announced that Marquette Catholic High School is transitioning to a president/principal leadership structure.
Under the enhanced model, James G. White will shift into the role of president/CEO while Headd has been promoted from vice principal to principal.
"This is a wonderful opportunity to strengthen our Catholic identity. Furthermore, we feel this will allow us to accentuate the strengths that are possessed by both our leaders (White and Headd) to magnify the potential of our students," director of Catholic schools Dr. Joseph Majchrowicz said.
Marquette hired Headd, who also possesses a master's degree in educational leadership and administration from Ball State University, immediately following her graduation from Saint Mary's College. Headd has served as a teacher both here and at Marquette's partner school in Zibo, China. She has also accompanied students to Spain, France, Africa, and Ireland as part of Marquette's educational travel program.
In the past year alone, Headd has directed the launch of Marquette Catholic University High School and shepherded the school's 1:1 technology initiative, which is a Diocesan leader.
White is in his 11th year at Marquette Catholic High School. During his tenure as principal, White was a driving force behind the school's strategic planning. He developed the Marquette Foreign Exchange Company in addition to international programs and studies. Most recently, he helped secure the Lourdes Student Retreat Center in Chicago, a facility that hosts service retreats and special events for schools throughout the Diocese. He also regularly serves as the leader on Marquette's travel aboard opportunities.
As president/CEO, White will oversee budgets/financials, strategic planning, capital projects, operations, facilities, community relations, and more.
"Bishop Hying is very excited about this new opportunity and feels it will only strengthen Marquette's position in the faith-based educational world. He looks forward to a continued partnership between the Diocese and Marquette," Majchrowicz said.
The transition will take place effective immediately.