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Fr. Tolton Catholic High School announces search for executive leadership

COLUMBIA – Bishop W. Shawn McKnight has announced the engagement of Partners in Mission to assist in identifying and hiring leadership for Fr. Augustine Tolton Regional Catholic High School. The search is being conducted while the school is undergoing a VISION 2020 strategic planning process.

Gwen Roche, the school’s principal, announced her decision today not to renew her position at the school for the 2020-2021 school year. Partners in Mission will consider both the option of hiring a principal and president, or a Head of School, a position which would incorporate responsibilities of both the president and principal positions as formerly structured at Fr. Tolton.

Partners in Mission has provided services to more than 700 Catholic school communities and more than half of the Catholic dioceses in the country. “We are excited to engage with a company with the depth that Partners in Mission has,” explained Superintendent Kenya Fuemmeler. “We believe they will be able to surface both local and national expertise for our school community.”

“It is very important to have a vibrant Catholic high school in Columbia, the largest city in our diocese,” Bishop Shawn McKnight said. “It is 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. I am grateful to Mrs. Roche for her good service to our community and look forward to working with her in this transition time.”

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 252 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.