Meet Bishop Fenwick’s new principal.
Starting this school year, Bishop Fenwick students can expect to see somebody new in the principal’s office. Blane Collison, who was previously principal of Moeller High School for 14 years, stepped into the position in July. Collison started his career at Northwest Local School District, where over 11 years he taught, coached and was assistant principal. From 1995 to 2003, he was the principal of St Vincent Ferrer in Kenwood. He and his wife Kelly have been married for 28 years and they have one son who graduated from Moeller in 2013.
What led you to Bishop Fenwick?
I always had a strong desire and wanted to be a part of Catholic education. It really goes back to my youth, and through college at the University of Dayton and then onto Xavier. Catholic education was a big part of my life, so it was something that was really important to me.
Fenwick is a great opportunity. It’s got a great location. It’s a really strong faith community. I love the sense of family, the sense of community that they have. Even with the high school, it really feels more like a parish to me. It kind of reminds me of my days at St. Vincent Ferrer where I worked in a parish environment.
I was at Moeller for 14 years. I loved Moeller and my experience there the entire time. I always from a distance have admired what Fenwick did academically and in the area of faith formation—a really strong community feel. So when the opportunity presented itself, I submitted my name and gratefully I was appointed by the Archbishop to be principal here.
You just started in July, but do you have plans for the school yet?
I want to get a feel for the school and talk to the faculty and staff and kind of see what they see [as the] direction the school should take. I’ve got some ideas of my own, but I don’t have any preconceived ideas about what we should or shouldn’t do at this point.
Do you anticipate any changes in your approach to education now that you’re leading a co-ed school instead of an all-male one?
I have been in co-ed situations for most of my career. I think it will be a very slight adjustment. I look forward to working with girls again. I haven’t done that for the last 14 years, but it’s something that I look forward to. I think it really enhances the educational experience. I think that there’s a value to that.
Anything you’d like parents or prospective parents to know about you?
I’m just very passionate about Catholic education. The whole draw for me in Catholic education is faith formation. That’s what differentiates us from public schools and really even other private schools. I think that combined with a real strong love for the academics. I just have a strong desire to share my faith and hopefully form kids in faith and give them a quality education in the process.
What’s something about you that may surprise our readers?
I love being out in nature. I’m kind of a bird watcher and I like to fish.
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