Marian High School is pleased to announce the appointment by the Servants of Mary of Susan Spethman Sullivan as principal. Sullivan, a 1980 alumna of Marian, will assume her new role on June 15, 2015.
“Susan brings to Marian a strong focus on Catholic Servite values and the innovative thinking that maintaining a rigorous college preparatory curriculum demands,” said Sr. Mary Gehringer, OSM, U.S. Community Prioress of the Servants of Mary, the order that founded Marian in 1955. “Susan is dedicated to students, passionate about inspiring teachers, and most importantly, she is a woman of strong Catholic faith. We look forward to her influential presence in furthering the Marian mission of empowering girls to succeed as confident, independent, thinking leaders in the Servite tradition.”
Under a president/principal leadership model adopted July 1, 2014, Sullivan will manage the day-to-day operations of the school’s educational programs, while Mary Higgins’ focus is external in her role as president.
The search for Marian’s principal was thorough and included input from both faculty and board members, according to Mary Ann Kilgore, a member of Marian’s Board of Directors and chair of the Selection Committee.
Sullivan will rejoin her alma mater after 11 years of teaching in the Millard Public Schools District. Her work experience illustrates leadership activities at both the district and building level. Most recently, she taught eighth-grade American History and English at Russell Middle School. She served on the district’s RTI+I Literacy Committee from 2011 to 2013 and has served as chair on the Russell Middle School Principal’s Advisory Committee since 2012.
Sullivan graduated from Carroll College in Helena, Mont. where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in History with a minor in English. She received her teaching certificates in Language Arts, 6-8 and Social Sciences, 6-12 from College of St. Mary. She went on to receive a Master of Science in Educational Administration and Supervision, from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, with a 7-12 Principal Endorsement and is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Reading.
Sullivan’s roots with Catholic education run deep. Her four sisters, along with numerous cousins, are also alumnae of Marian and her three sons are graduates of Creighton Preparatory School. In addition, Sullivan has served in many volunteer leadership capacities. She served on the Creighton Preparatory School Parent Board from 2002 to 2013, serving as president from 2005 to 2006. She also served as trustee for the Mary Our Queen Educational Trust from 2000 to 2011.
“I am both thrilled and honored to be returning to Marian as principal,” said Sullivan. “I am wholeheartedly committed to Marian’s mission and to the Core Values of the Servants of Mary, which were instilled in me during my years as a Marian student. I look forward to continuing the academic excellence and Servite tradition that Marian represents.”