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President of Fr. Tolton Catholic High School departs

COLUMBIA – Bishop W. Shawn McKnight has announced the departure of Doug Callahan from his position as president of Fr. Augustine Tolton Regional Catholic High School, effective Oct. 24. Callahan had been appointed president in September after more than three decades of experience with the Boy Scouts of America. Jill McIntosh, Tolton’s vice president, will assume the duties of the presidency during the search for a new president. Gwenn Roche will continue as principal of the school. Callahan’s departure comes within the 90-day probationary period of his contract.

“It is very important to have a vibrant Catholic high school in Columbia, the largest city in our diocese,” Bishop Shawn McKnight said. “It will be a priority for me, the superintendent of Catholic schools and the leadership of our parishes in Columbia to ensure the right team is in place for Fr. Tolton Catholic High School to thrive.”

Since this is a personnel matter, no further information will be available regarding Callahan’s departure. Discussions with professional educational consultants have already begun to build a successful transition. Students, school families, parents, alumni and donors will be updated on progress. Questions may be addressed to communication@diojeffcity.org.

The Fr. Augustine Tolton Regional Catholic High School, known as Fr. Tolton Catholic High School, develops students in spirit, heart, mind, and body, providing a rigorous academic program and expansive extracurricular offering in a Christ-centered environment. The school, which opened its doors in 2011, currently has 250 students in grades nine through 12. The school is part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City, which includes 38 counties in northeastern and central Missouri and is led by Bishop McKnight.