The Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board will have a new director of education this fall.
Gary O’Donnell, who is currently the superintendent of education with the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board, was appointed by the board of trustees last week.
“It’s a great honour,” O’Donnell said in an interview Friday. “I’m excited to have an opportunity to serve the communities and families in Bruce-Grey.
“Our boards are very similar in size, and I’ve carried a lot of portfolios, so that’s helped in preparing me for the role.”
O’Donnell has 27 years of experience as a teacher, principal and superintendent in Catholic education. During his time with the Huron-Perth board, he worked on student success, mental health, special education and other portfolios.
He also has a master’s degree in educational administration and spent time with the London Catholic School Board as system principal for special education.
He will succeed Jamie McKinnon who has accepted the role of principal at St. Michael’s College School, a private Basilian Catholic school in Toronto.
“There’s a rich history of educational excellence in Bruce-Grey, and I hope to continue that, focusing on student achievement and well-being,” O’Donnell said.
Beverley Eckensweiler, chair of the board, said in a release that she is “confident that in the appointment of Gary O’Donnell, we have found a system leader who can continue the great strides our board has made with respect to student achievement and provide inspired Catholic leadership in the future.”
O’Donnell will start his employment on July 28, subject to confirmation from the minister of education.