A search committee to replace long-time principal Jim Franz at Bishop T.K. Gorman Catholic School has been announced, according to Very Rev. Daniel P. Dower, episcopal vicar of education for the Diocese of Tyler.
Franz announced his retirement earlier this year after 19 years as principal at Bishop Gorman. He will remain through the 2016-17 academic year.
Members of the committee include a diverse mix of parents, teachers, community leaders, benefactors, clergy and members of the Bishop Gorman board of directors. Father Dower will chair the committee, assisted by Dr. James Klassen, superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Tyler.
Father Dower also announced that he has signed a letter of engagement with Partners In Mission, a national consulting firm that specializes in Catholic school leadership search solutions.
“I am very grateful to all the members of the search committee,” said Father Dower. “Every person on my original list said ‘yes’ to the invitation to serve. This shows the tremendous interest and dedication that the entire community has, not only to Bishop Gorman, but to Catholic school education in general.”
The search committee and Partners In Mission will formally begin work together on Nov. 13. This will be followed by a series of meetings with students, parents, alumni, benefactors, the Board of Directors and others in order to explain the search process and to help Partners In Mission assess the needs of the school as well as develop a candidate profile for the new principal.
“We expect to complete our work and be able to make our recommendations to Bishop Strickland by early spring,” Father Dower said.
Members of the search committee are Dr. Ross Sherman, Patty Brittain, Robert Ceccoli, April Mahfood, Kara Camp, Lisa Breedlove, Michael Lujan, Paula McKnight, John Egan, Christine Harris, Rev. Jerome Milton, Rev. Charles Vreeland, Very Rev. Hank Lanik.
Opened in 1958, and with a current enrollment of over 400 students in grades 6 to 12, Bishop T. K. Gorman Catholic School is a community of faithful learners dedicated to the continued formation of the total person according to the Gospel. Through this Catholic tradition, supported by parental involvement, the school promotes values, character and self-discipline. A challenging academic environment with a college preparatory curriculum enables each student to become a contributing member of society.