Bishop Olmsted Names Eugene Sweeney Principal of Notre Dame Prep
The Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, announced today that Eugene (Gene) Sweeney Ph.D. will become the new principal at Notre Dame Prep.
“I am humbled and honored by the opportunity to serve as principal at Notre Dame Preparatory,” said Sweeney. “This is an extraordinary community and an extraordinary group of educators and students and I look forward to serving it and them to the best of my ability.”
An experienced school administrator, Sweeney has worked in a variety of educational leadership roles, including the assistant superintendent and superintendent in large and diverse school systems in the Midwest. He has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Notre Dame. He is currently the assistant principal at Seton Catholic Preparatory in Chandler, Arizona.
In 1995, while working as the principal at Penn High School in Mishawaka, Indiana, Sweeney received special recognition from the United States Department of Education for providing staff development in the effective implementation of technology applications in the classroom. For the past sixteen years, in addition to his administrative work, he has served as a consultant in schools and school districts throughout the United States and Canada.
“I’m excited to work collaboratively with Dr. Sweeney. His expertise, knowledge, and experience will help move the school forward,” said current president/principal Jill Platt, who will continue as the school’s president when Sweeney begins his official duties at NDP on July 1.
“His devotion to Catholic education is palpable and his presence on campus will be a welcome addition to our family-oriented community,” Platt added.
Sweeney hails from Illinois where he attended Catholic grade school and high school. “Catholic Schools provide young people and older people with the invaluable opportunity to expand their knowledge, explore their passions, create community, strengthen their sense of self and come to know God all in one place,” he explained.
Post high school, Sweeney graduated from Benedictine University in Lisle, IL with a bachelor’s degree in literature and communications. He went on to earn a master's degree in educational administration and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies, both from Loyola University, Chicago.
“My hope is that the real impact that I will have on Notre Dame Preparatory will be focusing the school on learning, collaboration, and results while providing a stable influence on the further development of the tradition of excellence for which the school is known,” explained Sweeney, who lives in Gilbert with his wife Maggie. They have four grown children.
In his free time, Sweeney enjoys hiking, biking, reading and writing.