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Alumnus Conor O’Donnell (’14) has been named the new principal of Tyburn Academy of Mary Immaculate in Auburn, New York, as announced by the school this month. O’Donnell, who holds his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Christendom, is the latest alumnus to be named the head of a Catholic school, helping prepare the next generation of students to be leaders in society.

“Mr. O’Donnell was selected because of his strong educational background, his commitment to students, and his dedication to the mission of the school,” said Joseph Lopiccolo, president of the board of directors and chair of the search committee for Tyburn Academy.

O’Donnell, the son of Christendom College President Dr. Timothy O’Donnell, has taught history and theology at Tyburn for the past seven years. In addition, he has coached the boys’ basketball team, led a student excursion to Rome, and served on the curriculum committee of nearby St. Albert the Great Academy, according to the school.

“I am honored by the opportunity to continue in service to Tyburn Academy as its principal,” said O’Donnell, who holds degrees in philosophy and theology from Christendom. “I look forward to collaborating with parents, faculty and pastors in meeting the academic, social-emotional and spiritual needs of our students.”

With his appointment as principal, O’Donnell joins a growing list of alumni leading Catholic schools across the country, including Victor Alcantara, who is the dean of instruction at St. John Paul the Great Catholic High School, and John O’Herron and Denny Pregent, who are the founders of Cardinal Newman Academy. Additionally, Frank Nicely serves as the principal of St. Mary’s Catholic School, while Mo Woltering serves as the headmaster of Holy Family Academy.

These alumni are just a few of the many who are working in the field of education following their graduation from Christendom, taking their liberal arts background and using it to impact the hearts and minds of students for the better.

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