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Tom Durkin named new principal of John Carroll

The Aegis

After a nationwide search, The John Carroll School has named Tom Durkin as the school's new principal and chief academic officer. His official start date is June 12.

As an educator for more than 30 years, Durkin spent the majority of his career at Loyola Blakefield in Towson, teaching English and eventually becoming the English Department chair. He then worked as a learning specialist in Murray Learning Services for students with learning differences. He has coached championship-winning teams in tennis and forensics.

As assistant principal for academics at St. Vincent Pallotti High School in Laurel, Durkin oversees teacher evaluations, scheduling and professional development. Under his guidance, Pallotti has developed two new academic departments and curricula for four new AP courses.

Durkin completed his undergraduate degree from St. Joseph's University and has earned a master's degree in modern studies from Loyola University Maryland. He also holds a Maryland State Certification in Secondary English from Towson University.

"It was clear from the interview process that Mr. Durkin is the right candidate to be our next principal and chief academic officer," Richard J. O'Hara, president and interim principal at John Carroll, said. "His love of students, passion for education and pursuit of excellence in all his endeavors make me fully confident that he will provide strong academic leadership for John Carroll well into the future."

O'Hara has been serving as interim principal at John Carroll since July 1, when Madelyn Ball left the school after five years as principal.

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