Friday, May 31, 2019
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MIAMI | Following the retirement of principal Paul Ott, Cardinal Gibbons High School will move to a president-principal model of administration, to be implemented this fall.
The model is currently in use in many Catholic secondary schools across the country, and several in the archdiocese, including Jesuit-run Belen and Marist-run Columbus high schools in Miami, as well as Marianist-run Chaminade-Madonna in Hollywood.
Kim Pryzbylski, superintendent of schools for the archdiocese, made the announcement that Thomas E. Mahon will be Gibbons’ new president, and Oscar A. Cedeño Jr. will be the new principal.
Mahon has been a teacher and administrator at Gibbons for more than 30 years, most recently serving as assistant principal of Faculty Development. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position, including a master’s degree in educational leadership from Barry University. He and his wife, Jami, have three children, two of whom (Kelly, a rising senior, and Megan, a rising sophomore) are currently students at Gibbons.
“I am honored and humbled to accept this leadership opportunity as we continue a great tradition of Catholic education here at Cardinal Gibbons High School,” Mahon said.
Cedeño is currently dean of Student Affairs at Gibbons, and previously held the same position at Archbishop Curley Notre Dame High School in Miami (now merged with Msgr. Edward Pace High in Miami Gardens).
“I am grateful for this wonderful opportunity to serve the Church by continuing the tradition of academic excellence at Cardinal Gibbons High School,” Cedeño said.
Pryzbylski noted that the president-principal model “initiates a new vision for Catholic educational administration in the archdiocese. With it comes our continuous pursuit of excellence in Catholic secondary education here.”