MANCHESTER – Thomas Maynard, interim principal and chief administrator of East Catholic High School, has been appointed as the new head of school and Ryan Hinton has been named as the school’s new principal, both effective July 1.
Susan Perillo will remain in her role as vice principal.
Superintendent of Catholic Schools Dr. Michael Griffin made the announcement on April 7 at a meeting with the school’s board members, search committee members and faculty.
The school’s administrative structure formerly had comprised a president/chief administrator and two vice principals, Griffin said. There now will be a head of school, principal and vice principal.
“This structure is more suited to the needs of East Catholic at this time,” said Griffin. “The head of school will oversee all aspects of the school and will be regularly engaged with the school community, but in this structure, he will be better able to devote more time and efforts to institutional functions, such as finances, advancement, alumni, strategic planning, board initiatives and marketing. The principal will report to the head of school and will have a primary role in leading the day-to-day functions of the school, he stated.
Mr. Maynard first joined East Catholic as vice principal in 2015. Prior to that, he served as principal of St. Mary Magdalene School in Oakville for five years. From 2004 to 2010, he was the principal of St. Mary School in Newington. A graduate of Amherst College, Mr. Maynard holds a master’s degree and a sixth year certificate in educational leadership from Central Connecticut State University (CCSU), and a certificate in Catholic school leadership from Sacred Heart University in Bridgeport. He is a member of the 2015 doctoral cohort at CCSU. His resume includes public school education and experience in the world of business. He is an active member of the Church of the Incarnation in Wethersfield where he has served as chair of the pastoral council and right-to-life committee, lector and extraordinary minister of holy Communion.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve a faith community at East Catholic that was begun by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and built on a foundation of excellence, faith, hope and love. I look forward to this opportunity to use my marketing/ business background coupled with a background in teaching and educational supervision to enhance and advance the East Catholic experience for our students," said Mr. Maynard. "What is significant about education at East Catholic is that in the experience of learning, students are transformed entering adulthood with a sound moral compass, strong Catholic identity, and the desire to establish justice in the world beyond charity.”
Hinton holds a master’s degrees in education and educational administration from the University of Notre Dame. He was a religion teacher at East Catholic High School from 2007 to 2013, when he took the position of assistant director of the Office of Religious Education and Evangelization in the Archdiocese of Hartford. In 2015, he was named director of the archdiocese's Office of Family Life. Mr. Hinton is the state chaplain assistant for the Army National Guard and is an active member of St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish in Hartford.
“It is with great anticipation and pleasure that I accept this new role as Principal at East Catholic High School. I have experienced the rich tradition, history and uniquely Catholic atmosphere of East Catholic High School and am pleased to be returning to the school. I look forward to partnering with all at East Catholic as we grow in academic excellence, athletic accomplishments, and dedication to artistic expression, while securing a strong and bright future for our school,” said Mr. Hinton.