Schmidt1.jpgOREGON, OH - Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School & Academy is proud to announce Dr. Vincent de Paul Schmidt as Head of School effective Monday, August 6, 2018. Dr. Schmidt becomes the first lay school leader since doors opened at Cardinal Stritch in 1961.

A national search was conducted by an internal search committee which was comprised of Diocesan leadership, school administration, teachers, parents and members of the Board  of Directors.

Dr. Schmidt is unanimously endorsed for his extensive career and dedication to Catholic education. With more than 20 years combined classroom and administrative experience in Catholic education, including his most recent post as Senior Director of Catholic Education for the Diocese of Toledo, Dr. Schmidt is regularly a featured presenter or keynote speaker across the country on the topics of school finance and special education.

Dr. Schmidt and his wife Dana have three sons and are already members of the “Cardinal Family.” August attends the University of Chicago, Jonas and Max are Juniors at Cardinal Stritch.

“Although we received extensive interest from applicants across the country, we were fortunate to have a qualified candidate who is a national expert on Catholic education within our own school community. As a Stritch parent and through his position with the Diocese, Dr. Schmidt is already familiar with the school’s strategic plan and we are excited about the leadership, experience and expertise he will provide,” said Lynn Luther, Chair of the Board of Directors at Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School & Academy.

With the appointment to Dr. Schmidt to Head of School, Fr. Eric Schild, President of the school since 2010, will now serve in the role of Priest Leader and Director of Religious Formation.

“I am honored by the trust placed in me by Bishop Thomas, the Board of Directors, Search Committee and Fr. Eric to serve in this important role,” said Dr. Schmidt regarding his new appointment. “As parents, Dana and I have been so impressed with everything Stritch does and I’m excited to join the team and continue to build on the traditions, initially established by the Sisters of St. Francis and continued through all the religious and diocesan priests who have faithfully worked in forming Disciples of Jesus Christ.”