St. Petersburg Catholic High Names New President
He will will be the first lay president of the school and will share leadership of the school with the principal.
ST. PETERSBURG – St. Petersburg Catholic High School has a new president and a new leadership model.
Daniel Zepp, who holds three degrees from Boston College, will take over as president July 1. Under the new model, he will share leadership duties at the school with Ross Bubolz, who continues as school principal.
This expanded model was introduced after the school underwent a trategic staffing assessment, visioning, and planning process that was facilitated by a national consulting firm in Catholic education, the Advancement Counsel.
This change comes during a time of renewed growth in campus facilities and programs.
St. Petersburg Catholic High School recently completed a multimillion-dollar revitalization project of its two main buildings, transforming classrooms into 21st Century learning centers. The school also recently received its largest single gift ever in the amount of $1 million.
Plans are currently underway to redesign the media center as a state-of-the-art learning space that will include 3D printers, robotics equipment, and the newest technology and the school is currently in the candidacy phase of implementing the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.
Zepp, as president, will serve the institutional mission of the school with emphasis on stakeholder and alumni engagement, community partnerships, facility management, strategic and campus planning, enrollment and financial modeling. Bubolz, who has served as principal of St. Petersburg Catholic High School since 2017, will serve the educational mission of the school with emphasis on student learning and achievement, student formation, experiential learning, campus ministry, guidance and college placement.
“I am humbled and honored to serve as the first lay president of St. Petersburg Catholic High School,” Zepp said. “I thank Bishop [Gregory L.] Parkes for this appointment and the board of trustees and consultative board for their unwavering support for the mission of this wonderful school.”
Bubolz said, “This is a moment of great joy and grace for me, personally, and for our school community, as Dr. Zepp and I join in shared leadership ministry advancing the institutional and educational mission of St. Petersburg Catholic High School.”
Zepp is a Boston College “Triple Eagle,” earning a PhD in Higher Education Administration, MA in Pastoral Ministry, and B.S. in Management from the university. Zepp received a four-year full athletic scholarship for football at Boston College.
His vision for Catholic, liberal arts education has been shaped by more than 13 years of experience teaching, advising, and counseling students and eight years of experience consulting, strategically planning, and assessing mission and identity with administrators and faculty on middle, secondary, and postsecondary levels, with partners such as Boston College, Baylor University, and St. John’s Preparatory School (MA).
Zepp has been published in Church Life (University of Notre Dame), Religion & Education, and ACPA Developments and is a contributing author in Social Media in Higher Education. He has served on the faculty at Boston College, University of Louisville, and Merrimack College. Zepp has given more than 40 scholarly presentations at national conferences, colleges and universities, Catholic boys’ schools, Catholic parishes and parachurch organizations on topics such as masculinity, faith development, dating and relationships, and Catholic and Jesuit education, with partners such as Boston College High School, Xaverian Brothers High School (MA), and Bentley University.
Before his appointment as president, Zepp served for three years as the director of advancement at St. Petersburg Catholic High School. He also serves on the University of South Florida Digital Marketing Advisory Board and the Cathedral School of St. Jude Advisory Board.
Zepp and his wife, Avila, moved to St. Petersburg in 2016. They met as students at Boston College and are active parishioners at St. Paul Catholic Church in St. Petersburg.
Photo shows, from left, Daniel Zepp, Bishop Gregory L. Parkes, and Ross Bulboz. Courtesy of St. Petersburg Catholic High School.
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