Gloucester Catholic to adopt head of school/principal model


Gloucester Catholic Junior Senior High School will implement a head of school/principal model of leadership.
The head of school will devote his energies to strategic planning, development and fundraising. The principal will become the academic leader, responsible for the management of the school.
Bishop Dennis Sullivan has appointed John Colman as Gloucester Catholic’s head of school, effective July 1.
Colman previously served as Gloucester Catholic’s first lay principal from 1999 through 2013, overseeing a period of steady growth and academic advancement. Colman holds a bachelor’s degree from Mount Saint Mary’s College in Maryland and a master’s in education from Holy Family University. As a teacher, department chair, athletic director, vice principal and principal, he has served the Gloucester Catholic family for over 40 years.
Bishop Sullivan has appointed Edward Beckett as the new principal, effective Aug. 15.
Beckett has served the school as assistant principal for spiritual formation for the past eight years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Rutgers University, a master’s in philosophy from St. Louis University, and an master’s of divinity from Weston Jesuit School of Theology. He also earned a degree from Trinity College in Dublin. Beckett has a master’s degree in educational leadership, management, and policy from Seton Hall University and a New Jersey Principal’s Certificate.
An alumnus of the Gloucester Catholic Class of 1978, he previously taught at St. Joseph’s Preparatory School, Philadelphia, and served as an administrator at Boston College High School.
The head of school/principal administrative structure will be in place in September and will be augmented by a five-member Board of Advisors, which will counsel the administration in such areas as mission, policies, budget, and planning.