WOODSTOCK – Marian Central Catholic High School will have a new top administrator when longtime Superintendent Tom Landers retires this summer.
The new superintendent will be Andy Edmondson, who has held the same position at Newman Central Catholic High School in Sterling since 2011, the Rockford Diocese announced in a news release Monday.
Edmondson replaces Landers, who has spent 34 years at Marian Central, first as an assistant principal and then, two years later, as the high school’s superintendent and chief administrative officer.
“Andy has been mentored in the Diocesan Catholic School system by Tom Landers so he has a real sense of appreciation for tradition and how it can serve the future of Catholic education,” Michael Kagan, the diocese’s superintendent of Catholic schools, said in the release.
“That mentoring helped Andy in his work at Newman Central where he was able to increase enrollment despite a declining population. He has proven experience in the areas of advancement, development and alumni relations. He has integrated new technologies into all areas of education increasing the quality of academics.”
Edmondson received a bachelor of science degree in elementary education and social studies in 1998 and a master’s degree in educational leadership in 2004, both from Western Illinois University.
“We are excited to have Andy come to Marian first and foremost because he not only talks the language of Catholic identity but lives the life of an involved parishioner, going on a Kairos retreat, working on Christ Renews His Parish and being a leader on a weeklong high school summer mission trip with his parish,” the Rev. Paul White of McHenry’s Church of Holy Apostles said in the release.
White is the chairman of the Marian Central Council of Administration and headed up the superintendent search committee.