President of Prep/Villa resigns

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The president of Prep/Villa/Mother Teresa Academy has announced his resignation.

Chris Hagerty, president of Cathedral Prep, Villa Maria Academy, and Mother Teresa Academy, has announced his resignation effective immediately.

In a letter to the Erie Catholic Preparatory School Board of Directors and Bishop Lawrence Persico, Hagerty announced his decision after 18 years with the schools.

Hagerty has been in president of Prep/Villa since July 2020.

“I have poured over 18 years of my life into a mission that I dearly love. However, I love my family more and they will always be my number one priority,” Hagerty said in a written statement to the board. “To that end, it is not possible for me to continue as President. Thus, I’ll be stepping down, so I can spend more time with the people who I love and love me most. I have given this mission everything I have, and I hope and pray it will continue well into the future.”

Dave Slomski will transition from his role as ECPS Board of Directors Board Chair, and will assume the role of Interim President as the board of directors search for a new president. Slomski recently retired as Senior Vice President of Commercial Banking at Marquette Savings Bank, Erie, and has been a devoted servant of the school for over 25 years as an active alumnus and board member.

Sara Kallner, current ECPS Board and Executive Committee member, has assumed the role of ECPS Board Chair. Kallner is the Vice President of Sales at Smith Provision Company in Erie, and is committed, on behalf of the board, to ensuring that the schools’ core values of faith, integrity, respect, service and trust remain intact as the bedrock of our institution while we implement our growth plan. Kallner currently has two children enrolled in the Erie Catholic School System and one who is a student at Villa Maria Academy.

The move comes as the schools move forward with controversial plans to combine the all boys Prep with the all girls Villa under one roof by 2022.

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