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Exciting News at Oakland Catholic!

Mrs. Powell has been appointed to Principal by the Diocese of Pittsburgh!

"I am honored to serve as the principal of Oakland Catholic High School, the premier Christ-centered, college preparatory school for young women of diverse backgrounds. To me, being appointed as principal is more than the next step of my career, it is truly a calling to be the academic leader of an institution where we empower thousands of young women to lead lives of faith, courage and commitment. I have high expectations for the future of Oakland Catholic as we work together as a community to live out the mission and philosophy every day." ­ - Nicole Powell, Principal

Bishop David Zubik announced the promotion of Nicole Powell to the position of principal at Oakland Catholic High School effective July 15. Mrs. Powell has served as an assistant principal since 2016 and acting principal since August 2021. She is charged with fostering the school’s mission and identity, Bishop Zubik wrote in his appointment letter. “You recognize the importance of your role in forming young women in the faith and guiding them to excel in service and leadership,” he wrote.  

Kelly McDonnell, who chairs the Oakland Catholic board of directors, said that Mrs. Powell “lives the mission and leads by example.” 

Mary Claire Kasunic, Oakland’s President, emphasized the importance of the appointment to the Oakland Catholic community and the future of the school, given Mrs. Powell’s “expertise, leadership, and passion about all-girls Catholic education.”

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