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Scecina hires new principal

President Joe Therber announced on July 18 the appointment of the next principal of Scecina Memorial High School. Joseph (Joe) Brettnacher (right), Ph.D., who currently is the superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Columbus in Ohio, will begin serving the Scecina Community as principal on Monday, August 7, 2017. 

Brettnacher (pronounced brett-nocker) comes to Scecina having overseen the operations of 53 Catholic schools in the Diocese of Columbus during the last three years. In addition, he has served as principal of two Catholic high schools in Indiana during his career, Central Catholic High School in Lafayette and Marian High School in Mishawaka. Brettnacher has also assisted Indiana schools gain or sustain accreditation status in the State of Indiana through his role on a statewide committee.  

As he prepares to join the Scecina Community, Brettnacher said, “I am honored and excited by the opportunity to serve Scecina Memorial High School as the next principal. Doing so will allow me to continue my vocation and passion for Catholic education. It is the school’s dedication, as part of its mission, to motivate students to live as servant leaders in the inspiring footsteps of Father Thomas Scecina that makes me feel fortunate to be part of the Scecina Community. I am looking forward to working with President Therber to advance the school’s mission.”  

President Therber thanked the search committee and others who participated in this successful recruitment and hiring process. “I am grateful to our outstanding search committee, chaired by alumni and Board members Steve Hodgson and Mike Delaney, plus the faculty, administrators, and the archdiocese’s Office of Catholic Schools staff who collaborated with me in the process,” President Therber said. “Their gifts of time and talent for the future of our school are blessings upon us. I am looking forward to Joe Brettnacher’s ministry at Scecina as we continue to enhance and expand Scecina’s impact in our students’ lives, our Church, and our world.”   

Brettnacher’s doctoral dissertation focused on the importance of teacher formation and retention in Catholic schools. Among his areas of knowledge and experience are instructional strategies, developing human resources, effective communication, and evaluation and assessment. He enjoys spending time with family, exercising, and volunteering in the community.

4 comments (Add your own)

1. Walt Linne wrote:
It appears quite a hire with his educational background and experience level. Compliments to the interview team. Go Crusaders!

Tue, July 18, 2017 @ 2:56 PM

2. James McNeany, Principal, Guerin Catholic HS wrote:
So glad to see a great and dedicated Catholic School leader move back to Indiana. A great hire for Scecina! Joe is extremely well respected throughout the state and Midwest. Congratulations Mr. Brettnacher!

Tue, July 18, 2017 @ 9:11 PM

3. Pamelia Storms-Barrett wrote:
Welcome back to Indiana, Joe!

Wed, July 19, 2017 @ 5:51 PM

4. Joe Hollowell wrote:
Congratulations to Scecina and to Dr. Brettnacher on this new era for both. Joe will be an excellent leader for Scecina and I am looking forward to having him as a colleague in our Archdiocese.

Thu, July 20, 2017 @ 4:40 PM

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