Joan Donnelly has been named Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School's 14th principal, effective for the 2012-13 school year.
Donnelly, a 1976 alumna, will replace Bernard G. Kubitza, who is retiring after three years as BG's principal.
"We are excited to have Joan Donnelly at the helm. She understands what it means to be a member of the BG family," BG Board of Trustees President Douglas Wolf said. "Her nearly 40 years of Marauder experience allows her to appreciate and understand our traditions, but also to have a visionary plan of where we are going. Joan knows the school, inside and out. Her heart is in her work."
She has been assistant principal at the school since 2009 and has been on the BG staff since 1980.
"This is a great honor," said Donnelly. "Acknowledging the responsibilities and obligations of this position, I thank the Board of Trustees for their trust and support. It has been my privilege to serve in a school environment that embraces educating students both academically and spiritually. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to work closely with Principal Kubitza over the past three years."
Donnelly earned a master's degree in educational administration from the University of Scranton and a bachelor's degree in distributive education and marketing from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She holds state certifications in Administrative Certification (Principal K-12) and Instructional II Certification (Business 7-12).
She has been an adjunct instructor at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, Mount Aloysius College and Saint Francis University.
Donnelly and her husband, Randy, are parishioners of St. Rose of Lima parish. Their daughters Maurie and Tessa are BG graduates.