Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston name new superintendent of schools

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A new superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston has been selected.

Most Rev. Mark Brennan, Bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, announced Friday that Jennifer Hornyak has been named to that position. She has served as interim superintendent of Catholic Schools since July 1, 2023.

Hornyak has been a part of the Department of Catholic Schools in the diocese for almost 23 years. She previously served as the Associate Superintendent in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston for seven years and as the Director of Educational Technology.

For the past 10 years, Hornyak has taught online and in-person education courses as an adjunct instructor in the Educational Department at Wheeling University.

Most Rev. Brennan said Hornyak has shown a great deal of commitment to the Catholic identity.

“I am pleased to appoint Jennifer Hornyak as superintendent of our Catholic Schools,” Bishop Brennan said. “Since being named interim superintendent, she has shown a great love not only for our students, but also for the staff and administration of our schools.”

Hornyak has earned two undergraduate degrees from Wheeling (Jesuit) University and a master’s degree in educational technology and a graduate certificate in School Technology Coordination from Boise State University. Also, from Villanova University, she earned a Certificate in Catholic School Management.

“I am truly grateful for this opportunity to lead the Catholic schools across the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston,” Hornyak said. “It is a privilege to be entrusted with the responsibility of guiding our schools in faith formation and academic growth of our students. I am very proud of the strong tradition of Catholic education of providing intense academic rigor within the context of our Catholic faith, here in West Virginia.”

“I look forward to continuing to work collaboratively with our extremely dedicated principals, teachers, and staff to continue to make our schools the best that they can be,” she added. “Working in partnership with parents, the primary teachers of their children, we have an important role to help each child recognize, develop, and share their God-given talents.”

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