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Goretti promotes leaders

April 15, 2012

St. Maria Goretti High School Principal Richard Fairley has been promoted to the role of president and Vice Principal Bridget Keenan-Bartholomew has been promoted to principal.

Fairley has been principal at the school since 2008. He has more than 25 years of experience in private and Catholic education, and school administration.

Keenan-Bartholomew began working at Goretti in 2007 as a teacher and dean of students. She became vice principal in 2010, and has moe than 20 years of experience in teaching at Catholic schools.

Al Martin, a 1971 graduate of Goretti and chairperson of the school’s board of trustees, expressed his excitement for the transitions in leadership at the school.

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“On behalf of the entire board of trustees, I am very enthusiastic about Mr. Fairley and Ms. Bartholomew taking on new roles in leadership at Goretti,” Martin said. “These two individuals are highly respected among the board, faculty, staff and student body, and have made such positive impacts to the school over the past four years. We look forward to working with them to continue to see Goretti thrive.”

Fairley and Keenan-Bartholomew share a strong understanding of and appreciation for the values, traditions and foundations of a Catholic education that are the cornerstone and strength of the school.

Before going to Goretti, Fairley was the vice principal for student affairs at Cardinal Gibbons School in Baltimore, and earlier, was the headmaster, dean of students and athletic director for nine years at St. John’s Literary Institute at Prospect Hall (now Saint John’s Catholic Prep) in Frederick, Md.

Keenan-Bartholomew’s experience includes serving as an English instructor at St. Bernard’s High School and St. Agnes High School, both in St. Paul, Minn., Calvin Academy in Mounds View, Minn., and Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Conn.

All high schools in the Archdiocese of Baltimore are under the president/principal model. For the past two years, Fairley has been functioning as president and principal. The movement to the full implementation of the president/principal model recognizes that there are two separate and distinct jobs for top administrators in all Catholic high schools today.

Goretti’s board of trustees voted unanimously in February in favor of having two individuals fulfilling these two roles. The president’s role mainly involves the long-term future and viability of the school, while the principal focuses on day-to-day operations.

Fairley and Keenan-Bartholomew recognize the importance of continuous communication between the two roles to effectively lead the school community.

Fairley and Keenan-Bartholomew will officially begin their new roles July 1.

Goretti is a Catholic, coeducational, college preparatory institution on Oak Hill Avenue in Hagerstown.

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