(Oldenburg, Ind.) – The Oldenburg Academy Board of Trustees has appointed a new president to lead the school.
Diane H. Laake will serve as the chief executive officer at the religious academy, the board announced Tuesday. Laake will replace Sister Therese Gillman, who announced last October she would be leaving the position at the end of this school year.
According to board president Tim Ziemke, Laake comes to Oldenburg with extensive educational and professional qualifications. She has served as instructional leader and institutional chief operating officer of an independent, inter-parochial high school, where she effectively managed an annual budget of $5 million.
“As a graduate of Our Lady of Angels High School and educated by the Sisters of St. Francis along with her work serving on the board of Franciscans Network and founding member, Diane possesses a strong passion for Franciscan Catholic education,” said Ziemke.
Laake holds a Master of Education from Northern Kentucky University, Administrative Certification and a Bachelor of Science from Xavier University.
“Oldenburg Academy is an extraordinary institution. I was immediately impressed with the commitment to excellence, the genuine sense of hospitality and care, and an unparalleled dedication to service exhibited by the faculty, staff, students and their parents. The Academy is built on a solid foundation of faith and tradition -- poised for an even greater future. We are going to be an awesome team!” Laake said in a statement.
Ziemke said Laake will begin working with Gillman on a part-time basis beginning April 1. Her official first day as President is July 1.
“On behalf of the Oldenburg Academy Community we extend our sincere gratitude to Sr. Therese for her dedication, commitment, and outstanding leadership to the Academy over the past twelve years,” said Ziemke.