St. Anthony Announces New High School Principal


Published on May 1 2012 3:08 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

St. Anthony High School has announced the appointment of Greg Fearday as principal beginning July 1, 2012. Fearday will replace current principal Ron Niebrugge who is resigning after 2 years as principal of St. Anthony High School to start a private business.

Fearday was chosen from a pool of 15 candidates from throughout the country. Currently a Business Teacher with Millard South High School in Omaha, NE, Fearday brings nine years of experience in education to his administrative role with St. Anthony High School.

Fearday received his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Quincy University in 2000 and returned to Quincy to obtain his master’s degree in educational administration in May 2004. From there, Fearday received a master’s degree from University of Nebraska at Omaha in secondary education in June 2011.

“Greg is a tremendous hire, “states St. Anthony School Board President Noah Brandenburger. “Given the short timeframe, our search team did a superb job. St. Anthony is going to be blessed with Greg’s talents for many years to come. We couldn’t be happier.”

Fearday will be formally introduced to the St. Anthony Board of Education during their next regular session on Wednesday, May 16. A welcome reception will be scheduled in August to introduce Fearday to the St. Anthony school and parish families as well as to the public.

“I am super excited to get back to the Effingham area and into a position where I can work to deliver quality, Catholic education,” states Fearday.

Fearday is originally from Sigel, IL while his wife, Molly, is from Omaha, NE. They have three children ages seven, five, & two. Currently residing in Omaha, NE, Fearday and his family will be relocating to the Effingham area this summer.

“We were blessed to have a very good group of candidates for the position of principal at St. Anthony High School,” adds Fr. David Hoefler. “Our search committee was excited to offer the position to Mr. Fearday and he was excited to accept it. I think Mr. Fearday brings the right combination of talent, experience, and vision to lead our school and our community to a bright future.”

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