Mary, Seat of Wisdom in Park Ridge names new principal
Updated: September 3, 2012 6:12AM
PARK RIDGE — Joe Leppert, a nine-year Catholic-school administrator, has been named the new principal of Mary, Seat of Wisdom School in Park Ridge.
Leppert, who grew up in Park Ridge, was most recently principal of St. Andrew School in Romeoville. Before that he led St. Joachim School in Costa Mesa, Calif.
“I am in Catholic education for the long haul and feel Catholic schools are making comebacks across the nation. Parents know what to expect with us,” Leppert said.
The new principal shared that what drew him to Mary, Seat of Wisdom was the school’s solid reputation for learning in a Catholic environment.
“A long-standing hallmark of Catholic education is an atmosphere where Christ is the model for staff and students,” he said. “Our Catholic values are on display and the faith-based atmosphere lends itself to high standards of behavior and superior academics.”
Leppert is a graduate of Notre Dame High School in Niles and has an undergraduate degree from St. Norbert College, as well as a graduate degree from Loyola University, Chicago. In addition to serving in a school leadership capacity, Leppert has taught English and literature, coached basketball and baseball, and worked as a school athletic director.
Leppert is joining MSW following the retirement and subsequent death of principal Judy Schutter.
“I am pleased with Mr. Leppert’s acceptance of this leadership role and with his vision for Catholic schools in the 21st century,” said the Rev. Jerry Gunderson, pastor of Mary, Seat of Wisdom Parish.