Dr. McClory Named as New Principal


Padua Academy

Vice Principal Dr. Mary McClory will become Padua's principal on July 1, 2019. The decision was announced by Father Mark Wrightson on April 29.

Stella W. '19, Editor-in-Chief

Father Mark Wrightson announced in a letter sent to the school community on April 29 that Vice Principal Dr. McClory would follow Mrs. Mann as principal, effective on July 1, 2019. The announcement was also shared on Instagram and Facebook.

“This appointment has been recommended by the Padua Academy Principal Search Committee and the Padua Academy Board of Trustees in compliance with the search process of the Catholic Schools Office – Diocese of Wilmington,” the letter reads.

Mrs. Mann announced her retirement on Jan. 16, 2019. Wrightson explained in a prior interview that a search committee was formed to find a successor to Mrs. Mann. The final decision was left to him and Dr. Louis De Angelo, the superintendent.

“Dr. McClory has demonstrated her commitment to the mission of Padua Academy and its core principles of Spirituality, Scholarship, Service, and Sisterhood throughout her years at the school,” the letter continues. “She is a spiritual leader with strong administrative skills who seeks to guide young women into a future where they will become transformational leaders in our world.”

The school plans to adopt a president-principal model, but a president has not yet been named.