SHC Announces New President

February 27, 2018   |   General

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Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Melinda Lawlor Skrade as its new president. Dr. Skrade will assume the role in July 2018.

Melinda comes to SHC from Pope Pius XI High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and has a broad spectrum of educational and leadership experiences at the elementary, secondary and collegiate level as a teacher and administrator. She brings a breadth of knowledge in all aspects of school operations including strategic planning, institutional advancement, alumni relations and enrollment management. Melinda has had a long career at Pius XI first as teacher, then principal and ultimately president when Pius XI moved to the president-principal model. Melinda holds a PhD in Educational Policy and Leadership as well as an MA in American History, both from Marquette University. Melinda has connections to the Bay Area as close family members live here; she has also taught at St. Anselm parish school in Ross.

Melinda is a woman of deep faith, an exceptional leader who brings passion for Catholic education, scholarship and experience to this leadership role. She joins Sacred Heart Cathedral embracing our mission, core values and commitment to excellence.

Melinda reflects, “I am most inspired by the charisms of the Founders and the community’s love for the Lasallian and Vincentian Family. This gift of grace is alive in the students and their teachers. Every community member I met was a shining star, starting with the wonderful Brother Ron. From the thoughtful student guiding me across campus to proud parents at the basketball game to inspiring educators exchanging new ideas, it was clear that Sacred Heart Cathedral is a faith community rooted in an extraordinary mission and a culture of care and respect. Yet, there was also an important focus on the future and a commitment to excellence. I am truly blessed to serve as the next president.”