Andrew McDonald Named President of Billings Catholic Schools
April 4, 2022
by Kelly McCandless
Billings Catholic Schools (BCS) recently announced Andrew McDonald as President. McDonald replaces Shaun Harrington who retired in January.
McDonald brings more than 20 years of experience in Catholic education as a teacher and administrator. Most recently, he served as principal of Our Lady of Loretto Catholic School in Foxfield, Colorado. Under his leadership the school grew enrollment, expanded staffing, opened a new preschool program, and maintained strong financial performance.
As president of BCS, he will work alongside the board of directors and the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings to establish and steward the long-term vision, goals, and strategies for the organization.
His responsibilities include administrative oversite, strategic planning, policy implementation, and the leadership of the formation of students in the Catholic tradition.
“Andrew has a demonstrated record of strong leadership and commitment to Catholic education and formation of students. We are excited to have him join as a leader in our organization.” said Joe Sylvester, BCS board member and search committee chair.
McDonald received his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Colorado Denver, and an educational specialist degree and leadership credential from the University of Northern Colorado. McDonald, his wife Tara, and two children – Sawyer and Fiona – look forward to relocating to Billings to work in service of the dedicated BCS community while enjoying the great outdoors and all that Montana has to offer.
Kelly McCandless is a Billings native who loves a well-planned adventure, being outdoors when the weather is nice, historic fiction and hot coffee. She’s passionate about writing, cooking, education, travel and doing all of these things with her husband Ryan and their two incredible daughters
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