HAMMOND | Longtime newsman Paul Mullaney will leave The Times Media Co. to join Bishop Noll Institute effective Jan. 6.
A 1977 graduate of Bishop Noll, Mullaney will become its president.
"I'm excited. I'm humbled and honored to have been selected," said Mullaney, currently the managing editor of The Times Media Co. "I look forward to working with a very talented team of people and making Bishop Noll even better now and in the future."
Mullaney, 54, of Hammond, becomes the second president of a diocesan high school hired this year. Earlier, Harry Vande Velde III was hired as president of Andrean High in Merrillville.
The president-principal model of school leadership is designed to relieve the principal of many nonacademic related duties such as fundraising, recruiting, marketing, public relations, maintenance and buildings and grounds. That model is already in place in Indianapolis.
Mullaney hopes to raise the bar even higher at BNI.
"It's doing very well today and is thriving. Our collective responsibility is to make sure it does even better in the future. I'll take a lead role in doing that," said Mullaney, adding he is passionate about the school and a Catholic education.
A member of the Bishop Noll board of trustees, Mullaney served on the board for six years. He was off for the 2011-12 school year, then returned. He is in the second year of a three-year term on the board, but has stepped away from the board because of his new position.
Mullaney also is a former member of the Lake Area United Way board and is now a trustee for St. Joseph's Carmelite Home in East Chicago. He has served at Our Lady of Grace Church as a CYO coach, lector and on the parish finance committee.
Mullaney has been with The Times 23 years. He started out as a college sports writer, eventually working for The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, Calif. He returned to the region with his wife Kelly in the mid-1990s. Mullaney and his wife have six children, four of whom graduated from Bishop Noll. His youngest two daughters are currently a freshman and a sophomore.