Along with a group of new teachers and the largest incoming freshman class in Jesuit High School’s history, change has come to the administrative offices as well.
After 15 years of leadership from Sandy Satterberg as principal, 2012-13 marks a sea change, as six school administrators and program directors are new to their positions: Paul Hogan as principal, Chris Smart as academic vice principal, Khalid Maxie and Elaine Forde as deans, David Blue as diversity director, and Carol Wyatt as professional development director.
The new team possesses a wealth of experience, however, and has quickly jelled into what onlookers say is an effective leadership cohort. Hogan and Smart have a combined 38 years of administrative experience at Jesuit; Forde served as diversity director for 10 years before becoming dean; Wyatt had been math department chair. Maxie was a vice principal in Arlington, Va., while Blue has been a basketball coach at the school for the past two years.
Hogan came into his post fresh from what he calls a “paradigm-shifting” conference at Boston College this past summer, the first global gathering of high school leaders in 464 years of Jesuit education. Among the 380 delegates were administrators from 68 countries, all dedicated to the universal Jesuit mission of creating “men and women for others.”
Along with Jesuit president John Gladstone, Hogan met fellow principals from schools in Manila to Barcelona to Paraguay to India to Zambia. Some of the schools represented are 400 years old, while those in Malawi and East Timor are new. After speaking to the principal of the school in South Sudan, among whose students are spies for the government, Hogan feels far less daunted by the task of keeping Jesuit moving forward.
“I get to lead a fantastic school through the relatively calm waters of a stable democracy in a beautiful and vibrant part of the world,” he says.
Additional new faculty and staff at Jesuit are Leeann Leaverton in counseling, Father Kevin Connell in English, Sue Krieger in counseling, Andrew Asato as vice president for advancement, Scott Reis in mathematics, Emily Keller in English, Gary Rombach in mathematics and Matthew Hogan in English.