HARTFORD — Former East Catholic High School principal/chief administrator Christian Cashman has been named president of Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford.
“Mr. Cashman’s background and experience make him an ideal choice to lead Northwest Catholic into the future, said Michael Griffin, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Archdiocese of Hartford, in a press release. "His academic background, teaching and administrative experience, commitment to Catholic identity and excellent communication skills will serve the school well as he joins with faculty, board members, alumni and parents in shaping a strong and bright future for the Northwest Catholic High School.”
Dr. Griffin said Cashman will serve as the head of the school, overseeing all aspects of the institution, including interactions with students, faculty and parents; finances; advancement; alumni relations; strategic planning; board initiatives; and marketing.
The hiring was announced at a meeting of the school's board members, search committee and faculty on May 23. According to the release, Cashman said that he was "humbled and honored" to have been selected.
"I am eager to begin serving the excellent, faith-filled students of Northwest Catholic. I truly look forward to collaborating with the committed and generous faculty, staff, parents and graduates of Northwest Catholic High School. In this moment of great transition in our Church and in our region, I am confident that God will bless our work abundantly,” Cashman said.
He has taught theology at Fairfield College Preparatory School since 2010. While there, he also has been active in faculty professional formation and mentorship, campus ministry, international service outreach and the school’s music program.
Previously, he had been principal of St. Timothy Middle School in West Hartford for two years. He was principal of East Catholic from 2006 to 2010. He also has taught theology and English and directed campus ministry at a Catholic high school in Cincinnatti and at East Catholic and has been an associate retreat director at Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center in West Hartford.
Cashman, who grew up in Indiana, received his Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in philosophy and his Master of Education degree in secondary education and English from Xavier University in Cincinnati. He did postgraduate course work in Catholic educational leadership at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield. He also graduated fromthe Seminars in Ignatian Leadership sponsored by the U.S. Jesuit Secondary School Network.
Cashman and his wife, Janet, live in West Hartford,where Janet Cashman is an educator at St. Thomas the Apostle School.