MERRILLVILLE | A Valparaiso executive has been named the first president of Andrean High School.
Harry Vande Velde III, who has been president and CEO of the Merrillville-based Legacy Foundation for more than three years, will begin his new duties at Andrean Sept. 30.
Andrean is the first of the three high schools within the Diocese of Gary to embrace the governance model of leadership. Already in place in some areas in Indiana, including Indianapolis, the school principal is responsible for academics and education while the school president focuses on fundraising, public relations, marketing and strategic planning.
Vande Velde said he is "thrilled to death" with his new job.
"It will be my job to make sure that we remain true to the mission of the school, which is to create a dynamic, faith-based learning environment," he said Friday.
"The second responsibility to make sure we engage all of the various constituencies of Andrean in the most appropriate way possible — parents, alumni, students, faculty and friends. The third is the core of my job which is asset management and asset development, analyzing and running Andrean like a business," Vande Velde said.
In a statement released by the diocese, Superintendent Barbara O'Block said the governance model recognizes that meeting the responsibilities of contemporary leadership in a Catholic school is more than one person can handle effectively.
Bishop Noll Institute Principal Craig Stafford said the school has posted the position of president on its website. It calls for the new president to be a high-energy team-builder, provide dynamic leadership to advance the Catholic mission and character of the school, develop new and productive partnerships, oversee and execute capital development programs and grow enrollment.
Jennifer Quinlan, director of admissions and public relations at Marquette Catholic High School in Michigan City, said it is not looking for a president at this time. "It might be something we visit in the future, but at this time we are confident in our governance model. We're moving forward in the way we are operating right now," she said.