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East Catholic High School Appoints New President

Manchester, CT, Aug. 3, 2020 - Sean P. Brennan has been appointed president of East Catholic High School. He brings 32 years of experience in the educational field to the position. Brennan is a 1985 graduate of East Catholic High School.

Before joining the staff of East Catholic High School, Brennan was the assistant headmaster and upper school head at Austin Preparatory School in Reading, MA. He has also held positions in several other private schools in a variety of roles, including English teacher and department chair, dean of academic affairs, head of school, and assistant headmaster. He has also coached varsity football and held the role of assistant football coach at East Catholic in 1991.

Brennan’s background includes strategic planning: enrollment management; fundraising including both annual fund efforts and capital projects; international student and study abroad programs; collaboration with school boards; oversight of student academics, extra-curricular programs, and advising; faculty oversight; teaching; and curriculum development.

As president of East Catholic High School, Brennan will head a leadership team which includes Susan Perillo as dean of academics and Janice Reilly as dean of student life. The position of president at East Catholic, an Archdiocesan high school, reports to the Archbishop and the board of directors through the provost and superintendent.

Brennan received his master’s degree in English from Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT in 1995. He also received his bachelor’s degree in English from Middlebury in 1989.

He is a Manchester resident.

About East Catholic High School

East Catholic High School is a regional college-preparatory school of the Archdiocese of Hartford in Manchester, CT. Students come from more than 35 towns in the Greater Hartford area and eastern Connecticut. East Catholic is a place where students discover who they are meant to be. The school has been awarded the Blue-Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the state of Connecticut. East Catholic challenges its students to build their own strong moral character while pursuing academic excellence, responsible citizenship, active participation in community service, sportsmanship, and an appreciation for the fine arts. An overwhelming number of East Catholic students (97 percent) go on to attend four- and two-year colleges. For more information, please visit our Why East? page.