New principal

Ginny Minnick is the new principal at St. Augustine School.

A new principal is being welcomed at St. Augustine School this upcoming school year.

Ginny Minnick took over the post July 1 and, while she has a background in higher education, this is her first position as a principal. A member of the church, Minnick said she was active in numerous councils and committees and was recruited to the principal position by Father Doug Garand.

“He was looking for something a little outside out of the box, I think,” she said, adding she was drawn to her position as one of her children attends the school. “I’ve always wanted to be with children.”

Looking forward to the new school year, Minnick said she will focus on increasing the enrollment at the school and keeping the faith-based and family atmosphere of the school, which has approximately 60 students in preschool through eighth grade.

“It’s pretty cool when you can see the preschoolers interact with eighth graders every day,” Minnick said.

In addition to transitioning into the new role, Minnick added she plans on settling into the position and collaborating with staff before making changes.

“I’m not a huge proponent of immediate change,” she said. “I’m a researcher by nature, so I will put the work into the research and see what works and what doesn’t work.”

With a bachelor’s degree in business and global leadership, Minnick was most recently a compliance officer and project manager at Bowling Green State University for 10 years and held a similar position in Fort Wayne prior to moving to Napoleon in 2008. She is originally from Lebanon, Indiana, and is married to Nathan Minnick, whose family owns Minnick Heating and Air Conditioning, and has two children.

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