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Dennis Doughty announces retirement after 42 years in education

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Updated Nov 22, 2018 at 10:30 AM

Norwalk Catholic School President Dennis Doughty announced his retirement this morning.

Here is the statement released by the school:

“After much prayer and reflection Norwalk Catholic School President, Dennis Doughty, has announced his upcoming retirement, effective at the close of this 2018/19 school year. Denny’s decision follows a 42-year career in the field of education.

“It all began at St. Paul High School in 1976 when Denny started his career as a Social Studies teacher, athletic director and coach until accepting a summer intern and graduate assistant post at Bowling Green State University in 1981.

“His continuing excellence in the academia field won him the position of Assistant Principal at Monroeville High School in 1982 followed by his promotion to Principal at Western Reserve in 1985. Denny was welcomed back to his Alma Mater in 1989 as Principal of St. Paul High School, where he served for the next eight years.

“In 1997, Denny’s calling took him to Willard City Schools as H.S. Principal before being promoted to District Superintendent, his service to Willard totaling 12 years.

“A desire to be closer to family brought Denny back to Norwalk in 2009 when he accepted the position of Superintendent of Norwalk City Schools. Even though he left to “retire,” Denny’s acceptance as the President of Norwalk Catholic School was hardly anything resembling a life of leisure. During his tenure at NCS, Denny has passionately built on the historic and respected legacy of an education system grounded in Catholic faith, scholastic excellence and the formation of a highly productive community of adults. It was on these principles that Denny emulated the Norwalk Catholic School mission: Develop Disciples of Christ; Promote Academic Excellence; and Foster a Respectful Community.

“Denny has left an indelible footprint on the Norwalk Catholic School, its administrators, faculty, parents, and most importantly, its students. We are humbled and grateful for the strong leadership he has provided us the last four years. He has earned this next life chapter enjoying well-deserved time with his wife, Kris, and his children, Andrew, Alison and Alex, along with their new grandson.

“A succession planning team consisting of very experienced professionals representing parents, faculty, administrators, businesses, and volunteers has been engaged since September focused on searching, recruiting and securing the next NCS President. Our plan involves an extensive search to find our next leader that possesses the faith, courage, tenacity, vision, humility, and patience required for this amazing opportunity. Denny has graciously committed to assisting in a smooth transition and a willingness to serve as a mentor for his successor.”

“Please join us in wishing Denny a well-deserved retirement and in expressing our gratitude for his lifetime of public service and academic excellence.”

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