Ursuline, Mooney name new principals

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Cardinal Mooney and Ursuline high schools did not have to look far to replace their principals.

Mark Vollmer, who has been serving as interim principal since the firing of John Young in January, was named principal on Thursday, according to a news release sent by the school. Vollmer has been assistant principal for several years.

The release states that a search committee consisting of parents, students, faculty, staff, diocesan administrators and Mooney President Fr. Gerald DeLucia unanimously recommended Vollmer after a one-month search process. He will take over the role immediately.

He has served as a teacher and administrator at Mooney for the past 10 years, according to the release.

“Mr. Vollmer brings to the principal’s role a strong Catholic identity, which is the heart of Cardinal Mooney’s purpose, along with academic and technological knowledge essential to the future of the educational process at Mooney and experience in discipline, which is crucial to an environment of learning and mutual respect,” the release states.

Vollmer said he is “both humbled and excited for the opportunity to serve the Mooney family as principal.”

At Ursuline, assistant principal Matthew Sammartino was selected as the 14th principal. He will begin July 1 and will replace long-time principal Patricia Fleming, who is retiring. The announcement was made by the school’s president, Fr. Richard Murphy.

“With great pleasure, I am able to announce that the Ursuline High School community will be able to enjoy a seamless transition in effective administrative leadership from Ms. Patricia Fleming, who will be retiring June 30 after 20 years of exemplary stewardship of Ursuline’s programs, to Mr. Sammartino, who has exhibited outstanding leadership qualities since joining the Ursuline Family in 2000,” Murphy said in a news release.

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