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Roque named O'Connell's next principal

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Bishop Michael F. Burbidge has announced that Frank Roque will assume the role of principal of Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington July 1, succeeding Carl Patton, who will leave the school at the end of this academic year.

"Upon receiving the recommendation of the search committee and after prayerful discernment, I am pleased to announce that I have appointed Mr. Frank Roque as principal of Bishop O'Connell High School," Bishop Burbidge said in a statement. "In his new role, I am confident that Mr. Roque's vast experience, many talents and administrative skills will be utilized effectively in service of the entire school community. Together, Mr. Roque and Mr. Crittenberger, head of school, will effectively advance the strong Catholic identity and excellence in education at Bishop O'Connell High School."

Roque has been on the O’Connell staff for 10 years, serving as dean of student affairs for the past three years. He provided oversight of student life, counseling, activities, athletics and the clinic. As a part of the administrative team, Roque worked closely with the head of school, principal, chaplain and other deans to provide a Catholic education for all its students.

He earned a bachelor’s in economics from Providence College and a master’s of education in administration and supervision from Marymount University in Arlington.

Roque also spent four years in formation with Dominican friars where he studied philosophy and theology. Before coming to O'Connell, he served nine years on the faculty at Notre Dame Academy in Middleburg, where he taught philosophy and theology. He was also dean of students.

"I am very excited for this opportunity to be the next principal of Bishop O'Connell High School," Roque said. "I have a great love for this school community and our mission of providing a Christ-centered education. I have seen the transformative power of an O'Connell education as both administrator and parent. We have a world class faculty and administrative team that is devoted to our Catholic mission and I look forward to continuing this commitment to excellence into the future."

Head of School Bill Crittenberger said, "On behalf of Bishop O'Connell, I am delighted that Mr. Roque will be the school's next principal, as he embodies all that is called for in this critical position: a deep and active Catholic faith, a keen working knowledge of the O'Connell community, relevant experience, excellent academic and professional training, unimpeachable integrity and character, and an extraordinary touch, marked by humility, compassion, joy, wisdom, good cheer and hope.

"As was unanimously confirmed during the school's in-depth and inclusive search process, Mr. Roque, for whom I have the deepest respect, admiration and affinity, is exactly the right and the best-fitting person for the job," he said.


© Arlington Catholic Herald 2021