Very Rev. Dr. Anthony McLaughlin has been appointed President of Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Catholic School in Tyler, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has announced.
“I am very pleased to appoint Father Anthony McLaughlin as President of Bishop Gorman School,” said Bishop Strickland. “As a faithful priest, a gifted teacher and an experienced administrator, he brings considerable and unique talents along with a great energy to the school and I am confident that he will be able to build on the solid foundation that has been established.”
Father McLaughlin becomes the first President of the school under a new President-Principal administrative structure announced by Bishop Strickland in early January.
The President-Principal model of leadership is currently the most common form of administration for Catholic secondary schools in the United States. The President is the chief administrator for the school and ensures institutional mission, vision, development and community involvement. The President appoints the Principal to manage day-to-day school operations and oversee academics, athletics, fine arts and faculty.
“As a diocese, we face great challenges in making our Catholic schools affordable and available for many children, so it is exciting to launch this new model as the diocese celebrates 30 years and looks to a bright future for all the faithful,” Bishop Strickland said.
Father McLaughlin currently serves as Vicar General of the Diocese of Tyler and Pastor of Mary Queen of Heaven Parish in Malakoff. Relocating to Tyler effective June 1, he will continue in his capacity as Vicar General while serving as President of the school.
“It is with great joy and even greater enthusiasm that I accept Bishop Strickland’s appointment to serve as the first President of Bishop Gorman Catholic School,” Father McLaughlin said. “Ultimately the mission of a Catholic school is to form students to become holy, saintly, well-educated and productive members of the Church and society. With this as our goal, I look forward to leading Bishop Gorman and helping the school continue to be the best choice for education in our area.”
Father McLaughlin, a native of Belfast, Northern Ireland, was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Tyler in 1997. He holds a doctorate in Canon Law from the Catholic University of America. He has served in numerous positions in the diocese, including Rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Judicial Vicar of the diocese, judge of the diocesan tribunal and Defender of the Bond. During the 2014-2015 academic year, he returned to Catholic University of America as Assistant Professor of Canon Law and Director of the Institute on Matrimonial Tribunal Practice.
Bishop Gorman, a nationally recognized Catholic secondary school for grades 6-12, is the longest serving non-public secondary school in Smith County. Founded in 1958, Bishop Gorman has in recent years been recognized on the National Catholic High School Honor Roll.
As President, Father McLaughlin will lead Bishop Gorman’s search for a new Principal, which continues following the announcement of long-time principal Jim Franz’s stepping down at the end of the academic year. The new Principal is expected to be named later this spring.
For a video message from Father McLaughlin, visit: http://bit.ly/GormanPresident2017
For more information on Bishop Gorman School, visit: http://www.bishopgorman.net/