WATERBURY – Archbishop Henry J. Mansell has appointed Eileen Regan of Watertown as the president of Sacred Heart High School.
She had been serving as the school’s interim president/chief administrator since July 2009, following the retirement of Francis Murphy.
Mrs. Regan has been a member of the Sacred Heart High School staff for almost 20 years, but her connection to the school precedes her employment. She graduated from Sacred Heart in 1978. Mrs. Regan and her husband, Kevin, have two daughters, Brittany and Lauren, who also are graduates of Sacred Heart.
Mrs. Regan earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven. She is pursuing an advanced degree in the Administrator Certification Program at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield.
Prior to her appointment as interim president, Mrs. Regan served as Sacred Heart High’s director of advancement and, more recently, as vice principal and director of advancement. Before that, she was the marketing director for the Bank of Waterbury.
Mrs. Regan has been a very active member of the Waterbury community, particularly with the United Way of Greater Waterbury, Women’s Business Forum, and YWCA, earning several volunteer awards as a result.
In his announcement of the appointment, Dale R. Hoyt, superintendent of archdiocesan schools, said, “Eileen combines exceptional management skills with a sincere love for the school and its students. The success of Sacred Heart High School and its graduates is what drives her every day.”
Archbishop Mansell called her a “leader known for her connectedness to the Waterbury community and her tireless efforts on behalf of Sacred Heart High School.” He added, “She is truly a woman of vision and a woman of faith.”
While serving as interim president, Mrs. Regan implemented guidelines to enhance fiscal viability, initiated a committee-driven school board and promoted both advancement and admissions goals at Sacred Heart.
As president, she plans to work toward strengthening the school further while providing the means for its students to reach their full potential.
The chair of the search committee was Joe Pisani.
Sacred Heart High School, located at 142 S. Elm St., is a co-educational Catholic high school founded in 1922 that serves a diverse community of students in grades nine through 12 from the city of Waterbury and its surrounding area. The school is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).