The Saint Joseph Academy Board of Directors announced Kathryn Purcell as its next president, beginning the 2020-21 academic year. Purcell is succeeding Mary Ann Corrigan-Davis, the school’s first president, who will retire at the end of June.
“With gratitude to Mary Ann Corrigan-Davis for her 14 years of strong leadership, we warmly welcome Kathryn Purcell and look forward to the many contributions she will bring to Saint Joseph Academy in her role as the next president,” says Kelly Hancock, board of directors chair.
Purcell joins Saint Joseph Academy, an all-girls Catholic high school Cleveland, after a 24-year tenure at Laurel School, most recently as the associate head of school. Prior to that position, she served in various leadership, administrative, teaching and coaching roles.
“In addition to the strong and innovative academic program, Saint Joseph Academy’s commitment to faith, service, character development and community is particularly compelling to me,” Purcell says in a press release. “We want young women to feel empowered, confident and comfortable with people like and unlike themselves. We want them to ask questions and to stand up for what they believe. The Saint Joseph Academy community is organized to help deliver this mission in a faith-filled setting, and I feel inspired to serve as its new leader.”
— Submitted by Saint Joseph Academy, sja1890.org