After sifting through candidates from across the country, Mercy High School has tapped a Florida Catholic school administrator as its new principal.
Sarah Regan has served as president and principal of the co-educational Bishop McLaughlin High School in the St. Petersburg Diocese for the past five years.
But Sister Delores Hannon, Mercy's president, said it was Regan's prior experience as principal of an all-girls school sponsored by a religious order that made her stand out among other local and national candidates.
Regan served as principal at Holy Name Academy in Tampa, Fla., sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, for seven years. She also has served as assistant principal at an Ohio school and started her career as an English and speech teacher.
Mercy officials noted that Regan has experience in leading strategic planning activities and curriculum.
“She brings with her a vision for the future of education that will continue Mercy's advancement to the next level,” David Levy, a member of the school's board of directors, said in a statement.
Regan will succeed Carolyn Jaworski, who announced last May that she would retire at the end of the 2012-13 school year. Regan will join the school July 1.
By the time she retires, Jaworski, a Mercy graduate, will have served the school for 43 years, 25 of them as principal.
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