CCHS Has New Leader

WHEELING – Rebecca Sancomb will take over as the new principal at Wheeling Central Catholic High School, school officials announced Wednesday.

Sancomb, who has served as the school’s interim principal since former principal Julie Shively left the position in March after two years, will officially take over beginning July 1. She previously served as assistant principal during Shively’s tenure.

“I am honored to be stepping into the role as principal of Wheeling Central Catholic High School,” Sancomb said. “During this past year, I have developed relationships with our dedicated students, parents, faculty, staff and alumni.”

A Maryland native, Sancomb previously worked at Mount de Chantal Visitation Academy. She then served as dean of student life and academics at St. Mary’s Ryken High School in Maryland before returning to take the assistant principal job at Wheeling Central. She has also been an adjunct professor in the education program at Wheeling Jesuit University since 2009.

“We are prepared to move forward in faith, building on that tradition by providing an education that nurtures our Catholic identity and fosters academic excellence that rigorously prepares our students to be lifelong learners and leaders,” she added. “The expansion of our advanced placement curriculum, the increase in technology-infused education, an enhanced service learning program, and the expansion of our athletic facilities to WJU and Mount de Chantal are all things we will take pride in as we move forward.”

Sancomb’s tenure as principal will coincide with the implementation of a new president-principal leadership team, which was recommended by the diocesan superintendent of schools.

According to Monsignor Eugene Ostrowski, the designated pastor at Wheeling Central, the school will hire a president to “enhance the Catholic mission” and maintain relationships with communities in Ohio and Marshall counties. The national search for a president will begin this fall, Ostrowski said. Sancomb previously worked in a school that implemented a similar leadership model.

“We know that the president-principal model is a most effective way to strengthen a school community and allow professionals to play to their strengths,” said Diocesan Superintendent Vincent de Paul Schmidt.

“Becky Sancomb is an important part of the Catholic community in the Wheeling area, and to have such a capable, effective leader at Wheeling Central Catholic is very important to the diocese,” said the Most Rev. Michael J. Bransfield, bishop of Wheeling-Charleston. “Her dedication to and years of service at Catholic schools, along with her varied talents and tremendous work ethic, will provide an opportunity for Central to grow and build on its recent successes.”