A career educator, who has spent nearly 20 years in Catholic education, including the last five years as assistant principal for instruction at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, was named the new principal of Saint Viator High School.
Saint Viator President Brian Liedlich introduced Mrs. Karen Love to faculty and staff members during a meeting on Tuesday, and afterward, they lined up to meet her.
“I was encouraged by our Board of Governors and Board of Trustees to look for candidates who could bring strong leadership skills and new perspectives to this role,” Liedlich said, “and who could particularly help with the recommendations coming out of our strategic planning process.
“I believe we have found a candidate,” he added, “that more than checks all these boxes.”
Before serving at Loyola Academy, Love spent 14 years at Jesuit High School in Portland, OR, where she began as a math teacher but moved into administration, serving as director of adult spiritual formation and later as director of professional development.
In addressing the faculty, Love said she was “humbled to serve” and she looked forward to joining the Saint Viator community.
“During the interview process, I was impressed with Saint Viator’s focus on academic excellence, your scholars’ program and the number of international students, as well as the leverage of technology in the classroom as an Apple Distinguished School,” Love said. “And I learned of Saint Viator’s strong reputation in the community.”
Liedlich led a nine-member search committee who extended their search nationally for a new principal. The group included Mrs. Eileen Manno, who announced her retirement this year after a 35-year career at Saint Viator, including the last 13 as principal.
Committee members said they sought an experienced educator and administrator, who was faith-filled and would be a strong partner in creating and articulating the vision of Saint Viator High School.
“She encourages new ideas and thought,” Liedlich said, “and has demonstrated strong skills in planning and implementing new initiatives—that will serve us well going forward.”