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Richard J. Osborne named the interim president of Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School

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May 28, 2020

The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland has named Richard J. Osborne interim president of Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School (VASJ). Osborne replaces former president Bill Cervenik who stepped down. Osborne is returning to VASJ as he had previously served there as chairman of the board from 2009-2011 and president of the school from 2011 to 2016, when he retired.

In making the announcement, Frank O’Linn, Ed.D., secretary for education and superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Cleveland, praised Osborne for his leadership and willingness to serve. “Mr. Osborne has given generously of his time and talent to the mission of Catholic education in the diocese over many years and in many capacities. In every position, Richard has shown an exemplary dedication to Catholic education in general and to students in the course of their academic success and personal growth. He will serve VASJ well in his role of interim president as a search is launched to name a new permanent president for the school.”

Osborne has served in many roles in secondary education. Most recently, he served as CEO and interim president of Cardinal Mooney High School in the Diocese of Youngstown. He has also served as a consultant for Elyria Catholic High School, as interim president of Lake Catholic High School and as a consultant for secondary education in the office of the Superintendent of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. Osborne also has an extensive career history in the fields of journalism and communications. A graduate in Fine Arts from the University of Cincinnati in 1973, Osborne was the publisher of Ohio Magazine and was inducted into the Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame in 2007.

"I look forward to reuniting with my colleagues at VASJ and helping to build on all the great things Bill Cervenik and his team have accomplished in the four years since I retired,” said Osborne. “VASJ is a terrific school and it has been a pleasure to witness the progress it has made in the Ursuline and Marianist tradition. I'm grateful to be asked to return."

Osborne has a rich history with VASJ, graduating from St. Joseph High School as part of the class of 1969. With his wife, Della, a 1968 graduate of Villa Angela Academy, the Osbornes have four children and ten grandchildren. They will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in June.

Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School is a Catholic, comprehensive college-preparatory school rooted in the Ursuline and Marianist traditions and committed to the spiritual, academic and personal growth of each student.

About the Diocese of Cleveland

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Cleveland was founded on April 23, 1847. Under the leadership of the Reverend Donald P. Oleksiak, Diocesan Administrator, it is the twenty-third largest diocese in the United States. The diocese encompasses the counties of Cuyahoga, Summit, Lorain, Lake, Geauga, Medina, Wayne and Ashland. There are more than 663,000 Catholics in the Diocese, and Catholic Charities-Diocese of Cleveland is one of the largest diocesan systems of social services in the world. There are 185 parishes, 108 Catholic schools, one pastoral center and one mission office within the diocese. The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist is located in downtown Cleveland.

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