Viatorians turned over their flagship high school to a 19-year career educator, whose

Mr. Brian Liedlich, left, and Fr. Dan Hall, CSV, right, welcome Mrs. Karen Love as Saint Viator High School’s new principal

experience in Catholic education includes 14 years as a teacher and administrator at Jesuit High School in Portland, OR, and the last five years as assistant principal for instruction at Loyola Academy in suburban Chicago.

Mrs. Karen Love was introduced on Tuesday as the new principal of Saint Viator. The announcement was made by Mr. Brian Liedlich, president, who led a nine-person  committee, who extended their search nationally.

Mrs. Karen Love, right, meets members of the faculty, including Mrs. Rita King, religion teacher

Committee members said they sought an experienced educator and administrator, who was faith-filled and would be a strong partner in creating and articulating the vision of Saint Viator High School.

“She encourages new ideas and thought,” Liedlich said, “and has demonstrated strong skills in planning and implementing new initiatives — that will serve us well going forward.”

Fr. Dan Hall, CSV, vice president of Viatorian identity and mission, said he was impressed with her experience as an administrator — and a teacher.

“She’s a wonderfully qualified candidate,” Fr. Hall said, “who is well grounded in her faith and will be a positive influence moving forward.”

Mrs. Karen Love, right, meets Mrs. Maureen Martin, social studies department chair

In addressing the faculty, Love said she was “humbled to serve” and she looked forward to joining the Saint Viator community.

“During the interview process, I was impressed with Saint Viator’s focus on academic excellence, your scholars’ program and number of international students, as well as the leverage of technology in the classroom as an Apple distinguished school,” Love said. “And I learned of Saint Viator’s strong reputation in the community. Nearly everyone I talked to, knows someone at Saint Viator.”