Mrs. Charlene (Sue) Zulandt has been named principal of Benedictine High School for the 2016-17 academic year. She joined the school staff in August of 2014 as the assistant principal and academic dean. Earlier this month, she was appointed acting principal for the remainder of the school year when BHS principal Fr. Michael Brunovsky, OSB went on a sick leave.
Benedictine High School president Fr. Gerard Gonda, OSB announced the appointment to the student body today after it had been ratified by the school’s Board of Trustees.
Mrs. Zulandt becomes the first female principal in the school’s 89 year history. Benedictine has an enrollment of nearly 400 boys in grades 9-12. It is believed that she is also the first female principal of an all-boys school in the diocese.
Mrs. Zulandt and her husband Bob are the parents of nine children and are members of St. Mary’s Parish in Chardon. Six of their sons are graduates of Benedictine High School.
Before coming to Benedictine, Mrs. Zulandt taught in Catholic and public elementary and high schools for 34 years. She is also an adjunct professor in the PASE program at Notre Dame College where she has instructed graduate students in the Reading Endorsement Licensure and other masters degree level programs.
She received her bachelor of arts degree from Westminster College in Education, French, and German and a Master of Arts in Reading Development from John Carroll University. She achieved her Master of Educational Administration from Grand Canyon University. She holds certification in school administration, reading, French and German instruction through the State of Ohio and is also certified as a catechist through the Diocese of Cleveland