Preparations are continuing for Catholic schools in the Diocese of Cleveland to resume educating nearly 40,000 students for the 2020-2021 school year.
Along with changes in the way education will look this fall as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, several high schools in the diocese will have new leadership. Below is a look at some of the new presidents and principals in high schools throughout the diocese.
Benedictine High School
Ryan Ryzner is serving as president-principal of Benedictine High School in Cleveland.
A 1995 BHS graduate, Ryzner served the past year as principal and was named by the school’s board of trustees to succeed Fran Bossu, a 1967 BHS alumnus, as president. Bossu retired at the end of the 2019-2020 school year.
Ryzner began his new dual position at the all-boys school that is a ministry of the Benedictine Order of Cleveland on July 1.
As principal, he led the expansion of Benedictine’s College Ready-Career Bound program to include the fields of media, engineering, medicine and entrepreneurship. As president-principal, he leads the student admission process as well as all academic and extracurricular activities.
Elyria Catholic High School
After a search that began in summer 2019, Annie Heidersbach was named the new president of Elyria Catholic High School in Elyria, effective July 1. She replaces Amy Butler, who served as EC president since 2016 and principal from 2009-2016. Butler was named associate superintendent of schools at the diocesan level last year.
Heidersbach, the mother of two EC alumni, spent the past 30 years at Baldwin Wallace University first as director of Career Services, then director of Corporate & Foundation Relations and finally as director of Academic Grants.
EC, a coeducational school, is operated by the Diocese of Cleveland.
Holy Name High School
Although Holy Name High School in Parma Heights has a new president and a new principal, both are familiar faces on campus
Shelbrey Blanc, a 1995 HNHS alumna and former principal, is the new president. She replaces Terry Kenneally, a 1967 HNHS alumnus, who retired at the end of the 2019-2020 school year after serving four years as president.
She has more than two decades’ experience in education, including also serving as assistant principal and teaching at HNHS. Blanc also taught in France for a year.
Named as HNHS principal is Karen Carter, who previously served as assistant principal for academics.
Carter has worked at Holy Name for 28 years and has served in a variety of roles including social studies teacher, head volleyball coach, assistant athletic director, guidance counselor, associate director of admissions, advanced placement, College Credit Plus and assistant principal of academics.
Holy Name, a coeducational school, is operated by the Diocese of Cleveland.
Saint Ignatius High School
The new principal at Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland is Anthony Fior, a 2002 alumnus of the school. He previously served as chair of the Theology Department and began his new role as principal on July 1.
Before joining Saint Ignatius in 2014 as a campus minister and later a theology teacher, Fior had faculty and administrative positions at De Smet Jesuit High School in St. Louis, Missouri, and Cristo Rey Columbus High School.
He also has been a coach, mission trip chaperone, extracurricular moderator and is one of the leaders of the school’s Vision ’30 strategic planning process.
Saint Ignatius, an all-boys school, is a ministry of the Society of Jesus.
Saint Joseph Academy
Kathryn Purcell is the new president of Saint Joseph Academy in Cleveland.
She joins SJA after 24 years at Laurel School, where she most recently served as associate head of school. Purcell also served in other leadership, administrative, teaching and coaching roles at Laurel during her tenure at the all-girls school.
She replaces Mary Ann Corrigan-Davis, a 1971 SJA alumna, who was SJA’s first president and served 14 years in the role. She retired on June 30.
Saint Joseph Academy, an all-girls school, is a ministry of the Sisters of the Congregation of St. Joseph.
Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School
A familiar face is back at Villa-Angela St. Joseph High School in Cleveland as the interim president.
Richard Osborne, who has a rich history with VASJ, replaces Bill Cervenik as president. Cervenik stepped down in the spring.
Osborne is a 1969 alumnus of the former all-boys St. Joseph High School and his wife, Della, was a 1968 graduate of the former all-girls Villa Angela Academy. The two schools merged in 1990 and formed a new coeducational institution.
VASJ is rooted in the Ursuline and Marianist traditions.