December 18, 2009

Perkins named next president of Cardinal Ritter Jr./Sr. High School

Criterion staff report

Gregory W. Perkins has been selected to be the next president of Cardinal Ritter Jr./Sr. High School in Indianapolis.

“It’s an exciting opportunity,” says Perkins, who has served as the director of business and finance at Cardinal Ritter and Father Thomas Scecina Memorial high schools in Indianapolis since 2005. “I’m the business manager at the school so I’m very familiar with the roles of the president. I believe I can do a very good job.”

Perkins will start his new position on Jan. 1. He hopes to build on the foundation that Paul Lockard has established in his eight years as the president of Cardinal Ritter Jr./Sr. High School. Lockard will retire on Dec. 31.

“Paul has been an excellent leader,” Perkins says. “Every year he’s been here, we have continued to increase enrollment. That’s a tremendous reflection on the team that Paul has built. And he’s positioned the school for continued advancement. That’s a great way for him to be remembered.”

A father of four, the 56-year-old Perkins believes in the importance of a Catholic education. His wife, Debra Perkins, is the principal at St. Barnabas School in Indianapolis.

“It’s the teaching of the Catholic values that is so important as kids grow up,” says Perkins, a member of Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ Parish in Indianapolis. “It helps them make good judgments in life, and sets them up to lead good lives. I think that’s what makes Catholic schools different.”

The Cardinal Ritter community looks forward to the leadership of Perkins, says Phil Carson, the chairperson of the school’s board of directors.

“Greg brings an extensive and proven business background to the school, as well as intimate knowledge of its operation,” Carson notes in a press release about Perkins’ selection. “We feel that he is uniquely qualified to continue to lead Cardinal Ritter High School … and we look forward to working with him to continue the great tradition that has been established.” †

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