Sister Michaela Zahner: Truly an Honorary Angel

by Theresa Barron, SJA director of alumnae relations

Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet | Sister Michaela Zahner

After seven years of wonderful leadership, steadfast support of the St. Joseph’s Academy community, loving guidance, and a resolute commitment to the SJA mission Sister Michaela Zahner will be moving on to the next chapter in her life. Although we are sad to see her go, we are forever grateful for the time and gifts she has given our community. Throughout her time here, S. Michaela has truly taken St. Joe to the next level and has done so with such grace.

Susan Conrad, chair of the board of directors, remarked, “She has made many contributions in collaboration with the SJA community that have strengthened our school’s ability to thrive in a rapidly changing and challenging environment. We are all the beneficiaries of her lasting contributions.”

Here are a few of the areas that S. Michaela has improved as president of St. Joseph’s Academy:

  • Transitioned the SJA governance from an all Sisters of St. Joseph board to a lay board of directors that has effectively assumed leadership of the school remaining faithful to our longstanding mission and values.
  • Restored a stable financial foundation on which we can build a successful future.
  • Provided focus on the Admissions and Development Offices, which has resulted in increased enrollment, alumnae engagement, funding, and financial aid for deserving students.
  • Completed extensive facility additions and improvements that enhance the SJA education and position us well competitively.
  • Developed faculty and staff excellence to ensure academic rigor and vigor, effectively recruit future SJA Angels, and provide prayer and service opportunities that embody our mission.

We will no doubt continue to build on the wonderful foundation that S. Michaela has laid out in these areas. She has not only made tremendous strides to stabilize many aspects of St. Joe as we head into the future, but she has also been an amazing role model for the young women at St. Joe. She lives every day serving the dear neighbor and teaching our Angels how to be values-driven women leaders. Please join us in thanking S. Michaela for her dedication and love for St. Joe! We will certainly miss her!

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