St. Joseph Catholic School in Bryan is pleased to announce the addition of its new system president, Sister Mary Brian Bole, S.S.N.D. (School Sisters of Notre Dame). “I am thrilled to be moving back into secondary education, to an entire school system which serves students from grades K-12,” said Sister Mary Brian. “This gives us the opportunity for cohesive formation from an early age.”
Sister’s extensive resume includes experience at some of the best centers of Catholic education in the state. She taught for several years at Bishop Dunne High School in Dallas and served Mt. Carmel High School in Houston as vice principal for five years. She then became the academic dean at Nolan Catholic High School in Fort Worth. Since 2003, Sister Mary Brian has been the Assistant Dean of Admissions at the University of Dallas, a Catholic University in Irving, Texas.
Sister Mary Brian holds an M.A. in Political Science from Northern Illinois University and a B.A. in Politics from the University of Dallas. She is a Fulbright Scholar and has been awarded the National Endowment for the Humanities three times.
St. Joseph welcomes Sister Mary Brian while saying good-bye to Michael Burke, system president of St. Joseph Catholic School System for the past four years. Under his leadership, St. Joseph experienced tremendous growth. Standardized test scores have steadily increased and now surpass both state and national averages, and its high school seniors have consistently earned 100% college acceptance. In addition, the school’s facilities have grown to include a brand new athletic complex, and elementary students will begin the 2008-09 school year in newly renovated and expanded facilities.
Sister Mary Brian will begin her new position at St. Joseph Catholic School on August 1. “It is my pleasure to welcome Sister Mary Brian to the administrative team of St. Joseph Catholic School,” said Monsignor John McCaffrey, Pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church. “Sister Mary Brian’s rich knowledge of, and experience in, Catholic education will help encourage the staff and students as together we develop and nurture the precious gift of our faith,” adds Father McCaffrey. “I am most eager to work with Sister Mary Brian as she leads our professional educators and dynamic team to secure the future success of St. Joseph students.”