Susan Toohey, Marian High School’s head of school, announced that she will step down in May 2014 to pursue opportunities in higher education.
Toohey took the post in July 2009. A 1982 Marian graduate, she became the first Marian alumna to head the school.
During Toohey’s five-year tenure, the school’s enrollment increased, the endowment doubled and the remaining funds were raised to open the school’s new $7.4 million Mary Joy and Tal Anderson Peforming Arts Center. Toohey also oversaw the implementation of new technologies in the curriculum, including the launch this fall of the school’s iPad program and the creation of a new science, technology, engineering and math classroom.
“Dr. Toohey was the right person at the right time to lead Marian and position it successfully for the future,” Sister Mary Gehringer, provincial of the Servants of Mary, said in a statement. The order founded the school in 1955.
Toohey has more than 25 years of education experience, having served as a classroom teacher, curriculum supervisor, adjunct professor and assistant principal in the Omaha Public Schools. She succeeded longtime leader Elizabeth Kish, who retired.
Toohey completed a doctorate in education in interdisciplinary leadership at Creighton University earlier this year.
The all-girls Catholic school at 7400 Military Ave. will be launching a search to seek her successor.