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Posted on Jan 27, 2014 |

New Leadership for Mercy Schools

New Leadership for Mercy Schools

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New principals for Mercy collaborative

Mother of Mercy and McAuley High Schools will have new principals next year, the largest change so far in the administrative partnership between the two Cincinnati girls’ schools run by the Sisters of Mercy.


Dan Minelli

Dan Minelli

Announced last spring, the Mercy Education Collaborative of Cincinnati (MECC) allows the schools to share some administrative staff and functions, benefit from the same successful programs, and develop new programs in the future.


Sr. Doris Gottemoeller, who heads the MECC leadership team, announced the principal change. Cheryl Sucher, who has led McAuley for 27 years, will retire at the end of this year and Dave Mueller, principal at Mercy since 2012 after serving as principal at St. Xavier High School for 19 years, will serve both Mercy schools as the first MECC Vice President for Academics beginning in June.


Daniel Minelli will begin as McAuley’s principal next fall. The Assistant Principal for Freshmen and Sophomores at St. X since 2002, he was previously Principal at Our Mother of Sorrows School. He holds a Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership from Miami University and has also done post-graduate work at Thomas More College, the University of Datyon, and Xavier University.


“I look forward to serving as the principal of McAuley High School as the culmination of my career, the Catholic education leadership opportunity for which my experiences thus far have prepared me,” he says.


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Karen White

Karen White will begin as Mother of Mercy’s principal next fall. Principal of  St. Lawrence Elementary School in Lawrenceburg, IN, since 2009, she previously served as Director of Discipline and music teacher at Seton High School. She has a Master’s in Education from Indiana Wesleyan University and a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Communications at Xavier University.


“I am excited and honored to become the next principal of Mother of Mercy High School,” she says. “It is my privilege to have this opportunity to inspire, to educate, and to help pave the path for Mercy to offer an increasingly excellent Catholic education to young women.”


Between them,the two Mercy high schools have educated 30% of the graduates of Cincinnati-area all-girls’ high schools over the last 150 years. MECC leaders say the new leadership team work together to make both schools stronger while maintaining their separate characters and traditions.


“The students enrolled in an MECC school will have a learning experience unlike any other in the city,” says the MECC, “as McAuley and Mother of Mercy High Schools work together to provide the very latest 21st century advantages in education for young women.”

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