A new chapter of leadership will begin at Sacred Heart School with the appointment of Dr. Gary Manning to serve as administrator for the 2014-2015 school year. Manning was selected by the Sacred Heart School Board and the Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City to be the successor to Dr. Mark Register, who will retire June 2014, following a 21-year career as the school’s administrator.
Manning comes to Sacred Heart School with a doctorate in education from St. Louis University (2013), and an education specialist degree (2005), master’s (1999) and bachelor’s in physical education from the University of Central Missouri. Throughout his 17-year career in education, Manning has held various leadership positions, including secondary principal (2006 – 2012) for Crest Ridge School District in Centerview, and elementary assistant principal (2002 – 2006), school district activities director and teacher (1997-2002) for Holden School District. His teaching experience includes elementary, secondary and college-level courses in physical education and history.
“Finding Dr. Manning to serve as administrator for Sacred Heart School has made the rigorous selection process we’ve gone through these past several months completely worthwhile,” says Rev. Mark Miller, C.PP.S., pastor of the Catholic Church of Pettis County. “His impressive track record as a teacher, coach and administrator, coupled with the trust and praise he’s earned from peers and colleagues makes us very confident that Gary will be a key driver in our school’s ongoing development and success. We are eager to introduce Gary to the Sacred Heart family and have everyone be as excited as we are about having him on board.”
Manning’s first day at Sacred Heart School will be July 1. Fr. Miller says plans are in the works for Manning to visit with the students, faculty, staff and parents prior to summer break.
“My family and I are looking forward to becoming part of the Sacred Heart family,” says Manning. “I am excited about joining and working with a great team. I see this as a challenge but great opportunity for me to continue the excellent tradition that Sacred Heart has established over the years.”
In addition to his classroom involvement, Manning has worked with various agencies and organizations, including Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Missouri State High School Athletic Association, Pathways, Division of Family services and Department of Juvenile Services. Manning and his wife, Nancy, have three children. They are active members of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Warrensburg. –Submitted.