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January 23, 2012

ST. LAWRENCE DEANERY — Terry Chapman, principal of Our Lady of the Visitation School in Green Township, has been named a 2012 recipient of the Dr. Robert J. Kealy Distinguished Principal Award.

This national award, sponsored by the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), is presented annually to 12 outstanding principals of Catholic elementary schools.


“Mr. Chapman is an exceptional principal who is well deserving of this award,” said Jim Rigg, archdiocesan superintendent of Catholic schools. “He has gained great renown for fostering a strong academic and spiritual atmosphere in his schools. Visitation is a highly successful school due to Mr. Chapman’s tremendous leadership.”


“For years, Visitation has been a training ground for future principals,” Rigg added. “Mr. Chapman has a gift for training new administrators under his care and then sending them into other Catholic schools.”


In addition to serving as principal of Visitation, Chapman is an instructor for the Initiative for Catholic Schools at Xavier University. In this role, he trains principals and teachers in working collaboratively and holding students and educators accountable for learning.
Chapman will receive the award at the annual NCEA Convention in Boston on April 11.

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