After a national search, the principal of Norfolk Catholic Elementary in Norfolk, Neb., has been named the new president of Norfolk Catholic School.
Troy Berryman, in his ninth year as elementary principal, will take the newly created post on July 1. Berryman was recognized by the Archdiocese of Omaha in 2011 as an administrator of the year.
Berryman's appointment represents a change in management models for the school to the president/principal model. The model has been used in Catholic high schools for a quarter-century and has been used increasingly in Catholic grade schools.
The Rev. Dan Andrews, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, has served as president of Norfolk Catholic for some time. Appointing a lay president will allow Andrews to focus on the parish while the president addresses the school's overall direction, including finances, development and strategic planning.
Both the elementary school and Norfolk Catholic Junior-Senior High School will continue to have their own principals, who manage day-to-day operations of the schools. Jeff Bellar is the longtime principal of the junior-senior high school. A search for Berryman's replacement as elementary principal will begin immediately.
Casey Knake, school board president, said the new governance model will help the school grow. The school spent much of last year developing a new strategic plan. Berryman was a significant part of that effort.
“He has the skill set and passion for our school to step into this role and excel,” Knake said in a statement.