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Carmel Catholic president resigns from Mundelein school

Judith Mucheck

Judith Mucheck

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Updated: February 17, 2014 6:22AM

When Judith Mucheck was hired as president of Carmel Catholic High School in 2006, the board of directors extolled her strong commitment to Catholic education and the proven leadership skills she’d demonstrated as superintendent of schools for the 10,000-pupil Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta, Ga.

By comparison, the school board’s announcement Thursday of her abrupt resignation after more than seven years with Carmel was brief.

“We thank Dr. Mucheck for her service and wish her the best in her future endeavors,” said Ted Bond Jr., chairman of the Carmel Catholic High School Board of Directors, in a prepared statement.

The resignation was effective last Friday, Jan. 3.

The president’s post in a Catholic high school has been likened to the role a superintendent would play in a public school system. As of this year, Carmel Catholic also has a new principal, Mark Ostap, a former administrator with Antioch School District 34 who succeeded retiring principal Lynne Strutzel.

Reached by phone, Mucheck declined to comment or elaborate beyond the press release, which announced that the Carmel Catholic High School Corporate Board and Board of Directors had accepted the president’s resignation. Mucheck also is an adjunct professor in the School of Business and Non-Profit Management at North Park College in Chicago.

The release credited Mucheck with overseeing the planning and construction of a new, state-of-the-art Information Commons and 33,000 square foot Fine and Performing Arts Center. She also helped implement a one-to-one computing program which equipped each student with a tablet computer and installed wireless access points throughout the high school.

Bond expressed confidence that the faculty at Carmel Catholic would fulfill the school’s mission while the search is underway for a new president.

The college-preparatory high school has an enrollment of 1,350 male and female students in grades 9 through 12. The school is jointly sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Order of Carmelites. The school is a four-time recipient of the Blue Ribbon School award from the U.S. Department of Education. The school was honored in 1985, 1996, 2002 and 2007.

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