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Sister Charlene Diorka, SSJ Appointed Next President of Mount Saint Joseph Academy

Sister Charlene Diorka, SSJ Appointed Next President of Mount Saint Joseph Academy

On behalf of the Board of Directors and the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Chestnut Hill in Philadelphia, we are pleased to announce that Sister Charlene Diorka, SSJ has been appointed the next President of Mount Saint Joseph Academy.

Sister Charlene's appointment was confirmed by the Board of Directors at a special meeting on December 17th. Her appointment follows a national search which began this past June by a 12-member Search Committee, comprised of representatives of the Board of Directors, staff, alumnae, past parents, and the SSJ Congregation.

Sister Charlene received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Chestnut Hill College and a master's degree in Theology from Saint Michael's College, Winooski, VT. She has also pursued further studies at the CSSJ Federation Leadership Development Program, "Leaders as Leaven," in Albany, NY, and through participation in the Facilitation Workshop and Mentoring Program in St. Louis, MO.

No stranger to the Mount, Sister Charlene served the Academy for nine years from 1992- 2001 as Theology teacher and, during that time, she formed strong relationships with students, parents, faculty, alumnae, and staff, as well as friends and benefactors.

Sister Charlene enjoyed the opportunity to work closely with the administration, faculty, and staff, and commented on her years at the Mount as a remarkably formative time in her life where she grew both personally and professionally. Following her experience at the Mount, she assumed a number of administrative leadership and management positions in various national as well as local organizations.

Upon her decision to pursue the position of President, Sister Charlene commented:

"To my surprise, the sudden and unexpected death of Sister Kathleen Brabson, SSJ, President of the Mount, led me back to the Mount. I am drawn by a strong 'call' to the mission of Mount Saint Joseph Academy, which rests on the mission of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, the encouragement of members of the Mount Community, and the need for a leader at this time in a sponsored work of the Sisters of Saint Joseph.

My experience with leadership development has taught me the significance of serving, being an agent of transformation, working collaboratively, and being globally responsible. My skills provide a firm foundation on which I can build further knowledge and experience that is needed at the Mount at this time."

Sister Charlene's passion, energy, and enthusiasm for the mission of the Sisters of Saint Joseph and the Mount will continue to advance the Academy to the ongoing benefit of current students, as well as countless future Mounties.

On an immediate basis, Sister Charlene will begin working in close collaboration with Interim President Sister Mary Dacey, SSJ to effect a seamless transition of leadership, and sustain and enhance initiatives underway at this time. She will officially assume the responsibilities of President at the end of the current school year on July 1, 2020.