Dear Members of the Cor Jesu Community:
Our faith gives us such a gift at this time of year – the opportunity to celebrate new beginnings. In that spirit, it is with great enthusiasm that I write to you to introduce two new members of the administrative team at Cor Jesu Academy.
Beginning July 1, we will shift from our existing model, which includes a principal and a dean of curriculum and professional development, to our new model, which will include two deans: a Dean of Academics and a Dean of Student Life. Meghan Bohac, Ed.D., currently president of Notre Dame High School in St. Louis, will assume the role of our Dean of Academics. Kathleen Wobbe Pottinger ‘88, known well as Cor Jesu’s Director of Music will become the Dean of Student Life.
Dr. Bohac began her career in Catholic education as a teacher at St. Peter in Kirkwood. She went on to serve as the principal of St. Stephen Protomartyr for eight years, before becoming president of Notre Dame in 2015. A graduate of Notre Dame herself, Dr. Bohac earned a bachelor’s degree from Fontbonne, a master’s degree from William Woods, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Saint Louis University. She and her husband, Joe, are members of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque parish where their two daughters currently attend grade school; their son is a sophomore at Saint Louis University High School.
Ms. Pottinger hardly requires an introduction to this community. She graduated from Cor Jesu in 1988 before earning a Bachelor of Education from Missouri State University and a master’s degree from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. She served as Cor Jesu’s Director of Music from 1994 – 2000, and again from 2008 to the present. Ms. Pottinger and her husband, Jeff, are members of St. Gabriel the Archangel and have three children, two sons and a daughter, Julia, who graduated from Cor Jesu in 2015.
While we are very excited to have Ms. Pottinger take on this new role, we know her departure from the music program will leave a void. With her assistance, we are actively recruiting her replacement, and she looks forward to mentoring that individual upon hire.
Both women have committed to finishing the 2021-2022 school year in their current roles, and will begin their work as Deans on July 1. Meanwhile, we are most grateful that Sr. Veronica Beato ‘74 and Ms. Jeanne Suda will remain as Cor Jesu’s principal and dean of curriculum and professional development through the end of the academic year, and will assist in the transition for both new administrators. Let us join in prayer for all four of these leaders.
Please be assured of my prayers for you as we journey through the most sacred days of the Church year. May the Risen Lord bring our world and our families lasting peace. Happy Easter!
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Sr. Mary Grace Walsh, ASCJ, Ph.D.