Holy Name High School President Benjamin Farmer to Step Down on June 30

Holy Name High School President Benjamin Farmer to Step Down on June 30

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PARMA HEIGHTS, OH (January 26, 2015) – Benjamin Farmer, the president of Holy Name High School in Parma Heights, Ohio, will be stepping down from his current position as of June 30, 2015. A search for a new president to be in place for the 2015-2016 school year will begin immediately.

Mr. Farmer has been at Holy Name for more than 25 years, beginning his career there as a Math teacher in 1988. He served as an assistant principal in 2002 before being appointed principal in 2003. In 2004, the roles of president and principal were combined and Mr. Farmer remained in this dual role until July 2014 when the positions were again separated and Shelbrey Blanc ’95 became the first female lay principal of the school.

“Mr. Farmer’s dedication to Catholic education in general and Holy Name High School, in particular, goes well beyond any expression of gratitude words can convey. His commitment to the students and families of Holy Name will endure in their transformed lives,” said the Diocese of Cleveland’s Secretary for Catechetical Formation & Education/Superintendent Margaret Lyons.

During Mr. Farmer’s tenure at the school, Holy Name has consistently operated within budget while successfully completing many capital improvement projects, including the new library media center, new energy-efficient lights throughout the building, a new athletic practice field and a new boiler for the school heating system. In addition, a window replacement project will be completed later this year. Under his leadership the school has also experienced important curriculum improvements to better prepare students for college, most notably with the school’s participation in the highly regarded Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program (PSEOP).

“Holy Name High School is in a solid position for a transition to new leadership, and is blessed to have a remarkable and dedicated faculty and staff who will continue their outstanding efforts of providing a transformative educational experience for Holy Name students,” said Associate Superintendent for Secondary Schools and Newman Campus Ministry Eugene Boyer. “As Holy Name begins its second century we want to build on the great things that have been done. It is exciting to think about the next chapter in Holy Name’s story.”

Mr. Farmer is currently exploring other options within the Diocese of Cleveland, and will remain fully engaged as president of Holy Name until his departure on June 30, 2015. The school plans to have someone in the role as of July 1, 2015. For more details on this position, please view the job posting at http://www.dioceseofcleveland.org/president-holy-name-high-school.

About Holy Name High School

Holy Name High School is a coeducational, Catholic high school located in Parma Heights, Ohio. Founded in 1914, it is the oldest coed Catholic school in the Cleveland area. Rich in history and tradition, Holy Name is a college preparatory institution enrolling students in grades 9-12. Rooted in Christian values, Holy Name promotes excellence in education through a challenging curriculum, personal responsibility and participation in extra-curricular activities. Our graduates move into the future with the confidence and knowledge-base to succeed.

Shelbrey Blanc Announced as new Principal

Shelbrey Blanc Announced as new Principal

Holy Name High School | March 10, 2014

The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland is pleased to announce that we have successfully completed our search for a new Principal of Holy Name High School. Effective July 1, 2014 Shelbrey Blanc ’95 will become the new principal of Holy Name. Mrs. Blanc is currently the Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Teacher Supervision at Holy Name, a position she has held since 2009. She will become the first female lay principal in Holy Name’s history.
During her high school years at Holy Name she was freshman and sophomore class president, a 4 year participant on the track team, president of French club, and a member of the National Honor Society.

Upon graduation from Holy Name, Mrs. Blanc attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Language in French in 1999. She was then named a teaching fellow at Boston College where she taught Elementary and Intermediate French classes to undergraduates and also earned her Master’s degree there in 2001.

Prior to returning to Holy Name as a French teacher and Foreign Language Department Chairperson, Mrs. Blanc worked as an English instructor to adolescents and adults in Lyon, France for two years.

“I am thrilled to accept the position of Principal of my alma mater and I look forward to working with the alumni, faculty, staff, parents, and students of Holy Name by leading the continued development of the oldest co-educational Catholic high school in the Diocese of Cleveland,” Mrs. Blanc expressed.

With this appointment Holy Name joins other diocesan high schools in adopting the successful model of separating the offices of principals and presidents. Current President/Principal Ben Farmer will continue as President of Holy Name.

“We are delighted that Shelbrey’s love for the Holy Name community is translating into a new role as principal. We welcome a new energy as this model of administration is initiated,” stated Ms. Margaret Lyons, Secretary for Catechetical Formation and Education and Superintendent of Schools.
Please join us in congratulating Shelbrey Blanc and welcoming her into her new role at Holy Name.

Thank you,
The Administration of Holy Name High School.