Beaumont School Announces New President and Leadership Team

Cleveland Heights, Ohio (May 1, 2017) – The Beaumont School Board of Directors today announced the selection of Wendy Hoke to serve as the school’s fifth president. Hoke’s selection is the result of an extensive search that began when Sister Gretchen Rodenfels, OSU announced plans to step down at the end of the 2016-17 academic term.

“The board’s search committee went through an extensive process, and Wendy stood out because of her leadership skills and her deep commitment to service within a mission-driven organization,” said Board President Marc Haag. Since 2008, Hoke has worked in marketing and communications for the Sisters of Charity Health System, most recently as Vice President of Marketing and Communications at St. Vincent Charity Hospital. She is a graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, and began her career as a newspaper reporter. She was a Peter Jennings Fellow for Journalism and the Constitution, and has won numerous awards for her writing and her marketing work at St. Vincent Charity.

“Wendy is the type of leader we need to move Beaumont forward, while honoring our Ursuline heritage,” said Sister Susan Durkin, OSU, President of the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland. “This is a very exciting time at the school, and we are confident she will be able to lead the school to expanded enrollment, so that even more young women can be educated for life, leadership and service in the Ursuline tradition.” 

Beaumont also announced plans to restructure its leadership team, and return to its traditional model of principal and assistant principal. In preparation for launching its International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB), Beaumont added a dean of academics and IB coordinator position. Now that Beaumont’s IB program has successfully launched – the graduating class of 2019 will be the first eligible class for the program – responsibilities for the International Baccalaureate program will be divided among its faculty. Beaumont is in the process of conducting a search for a new assistant principal.

Mary Whelan, who has served as principal for seven years, announced that she will not return to Beaumont in the fall. Nick Beyer will serve as interim principal during the 2017-18 academic year, providing continuity in leadership and giving the new president the opportunity to select an administrative team. Beyer most recently served as dean of academics and IB coordinator, and was instrumental in developing IB curriculum, training staff and recruiting students for the program. He is a graduate of Bowling Green State University and received his Master of Education and post-graduate licensure in administration from John Carroll University.

In addition, Timothy Ertle was named athletic director, replacing Matt Robinson. Ertle most recently served as athletic director at Elyria Catholic. He is a graduate of John Carroll University, and received his MBA from Ursuline College. He worked in the athletic departments for Ursuline, John Carroll and Cleveland State University. 

“This is an exciting time for Beaumont – with the addition of our International Baccalaureate Programme, the opening of our new STEM addition, and now the arrival of our new president,” Haag said. “These changes will continue the long Ursuline tradition of providing an environment where students can succeed academically, athletically and spiritually.” 

“We are very proud of the excellent education we provide at Beaumont, preparing young women for college success,” Durkin said. “We are excited to welcome these exceptional leaders to help carry on the Ursuline tradition and to lead Beaumont into a very promising future.”

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Beaumont is a Catholic, college-preparatory high school in the Ursuline tradition that has been educating women for life, leadership and service since 1850.  Beaumont School is the only all-girls school in Northeast Ohio to offer students the highly prestigious International Baccalaureate Degree Programme. 


Presidential Announcement FAQ

Will the Ursulines continue to be involved in Beaumont School under a lay President?

Absolutely. Beaumont is sponsored by the Ursuline Sisters, and educates women in the Ursuline tradition. St. Angela Merici, foundress of the Ursulines, is our teacher and role model. The Ursuline tradition of Catholic values, exploration of faith, and commitment to social justice and service is engrained in our school culture, not just in the Ursuline Sisters.

Did any alumnae or Ursuline Sisters apply for the position of President?

Information about other applicants is confidential. The Board conducted a thorough search and chose Wendy Hoke because of her leadership skills and her deep commitment to service within a mission-driven organization. 

Why are there so many changes happening at once?

While this seems like a lot of change, it provides an opportunity to restructure our leadership team to better meet the school’s needs. Beaumont is positioned for a very promising future. Built on the long Ursuline tradition, we can expand enrollment and provide even more young women with an opportunity to succeed academically, athletically and spiritually. 

Why are you naming an interim principal?

Naming an interim principal gives our new president an opportunity to select her own administrative team, if she so desires. We are pleased that Nick Beyer, our dean of academics and International Baccalaureate coordinator, has agreed to serve in this role during the 2017-18 academic year. This will provide continuity in leadership and a smooth transition.

Will there be a search for a new principal after the 2017-18 academic year?

That will be up to the new president. We will give her the opportunity to select her own administrative team, if she so desires.

Will Beaumont hire a new IB coordinator?

Now that the International Baccalaureate Programme has successfully launched, responsibilities for the program will be divided among Beaumont faculty. This move will strengthen our team, and better support our students, faculty and families.

Why is Beaumont moving away from a principal and two dean model of leadership?

Now that the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is in place, we can eliminate the position of dean of academics and IB coordinator. This allows us to streamline our administration to be more effective and better support our students, faculty and families. Nick Beyer will serve as interim principal, and the search for an assistant principal is underway.

What impact will these changes have on students?

These changes will be positive for our students because they will build on our rich tradition of excellence. This new leadership team will successfully transition Beaumont into our first year as an IB school, promote the visibility and success of our athletic programs, and continue to provide a strong faith-based experience for our young women. In short, they will continue to place our students at the center of Beaumont’s focus.