St. Thomas Aquinas NJ High School names new president

Following a rigorous selection process conducted by St. Thomas Aquinas High School’s Board of Limited Jurisdiction (BLJ), Metuchen Bishop James F. Checchio announced the appointment of Kevin Sacco as the next president of the Catholic institution in Edison, as of July 2024.

The decision comes after careful consideration and review led by Board of Directors Chairman Rev. Timothy Christy and the BLJ.

Peter G. Kane was ousted as president of St. Thomas Aquinas High School last year less than nine months into his term. Kane, who was appointed by Checchio in the summer of 2022, was the first layperson to become president of St. Thomas Aquinas. He succeeded Felician Sister Donna Marie Trukowski, who retired in June 2022 after working at the school for more than 37 years as an educator and then as principal and president. The Rev. Keith Cervine, a teacher at St. Thomas Aquinas for six years and director of Catholic Identity, served as interim president.

In separate letters addressed to the St. Thomas Aquinas community, Checchio and the board praised Sacco’s background and credentials. With experience in the New York City Department of Education and as a combat veteran in the U.S. Marine Corps, Sacco brings to his new role a distinctive combination of leadership, educational expertise and dedication to serving and nurturing youth, the letters said.

The bishop expressed his full confidence in Sacco’s ability to move the school forward.

“There are wonderful opportunities for St. Thomas Aquinas to shine, and I am confident that Kevin’s background will meet the demands necessary for the mission to flourish,” Checchio said.

“The appointment of Mr. Kevin Sacco as president of St. Thomas Aquinas High School marks an exciting new chapter for our school community,” said Barbara Stevens, Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Metuchen. “His dedication to service and the pursuit of academic excellence will undoubtedly motivate our students to excel and build.”

Sacco’s educational background includes bachelor’s degrees in Classical Latin and Ancient Greek philology from the City University of New York, Brooklyn College; a Masters in Philosophy from the University of Dublin, Trinity College in Ireland and a Masters in TESOL and Applied Linguistics from Columbia University in New York.

In his new capacity, Sacco will report to the BLJ and focus on advancing the school’s mission of cultivating young leaders who serve others through faith, academic excellence and respect for the dignity of every individual. His extensive experience, educational background and commitment to service ensure that this appointment will herald a new era for the St. Thomas Aquinas community, promising a bright future for Catholic education and witness.

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