Guerin College Prep Names Tom Bednar As Incoming President
Guerin College Prep is pleased to announce that Tom Bednar will officially join the school’s leadership team in July, after being appointed as the school’s President. Bednar brings a wealth of experience to this role, as he has served as School President at Wheaton-St. Francis High School, Holy Trinity High School in Chicago and Nuestra Señora de Andacollo School in Santiago, Chile. He has also authored and implemented an environmental education and recreation program for elementary students, “La Creación del Señor esta en Tus Manos” (The Creation of the Lord is in Your Hands) that was published by Ediciones Paulinas. “The Guerin Prep Board of Directors conducted a comprehensive independent search for the President role and were pleased to have so many well qualified individuals seeking to be our next leader,” according to Guerin Prep Board Chair Mary Toohey.
Bednar earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a Masters in Divinity from the University of Notre Dame and began his teaching career in education on the faculty of Notre Dame High School in Niles, where he also held positions in Campus Ministry, admissions and coaching.
He left the Chicago area to accept a position at Nuestra Señora de Andacollo, where he taught and directed the Campus Ministry, before eventually accepting a position as the school’s President, where he led a reconstruction project to upgrade and retrofit the school building to withstand powerful earthquakes that occur in Chile. Returning to Chicago after 13 years in Santiago, Bednar served as the President of Holy Trinity High School in the Bucktown/Ukrainian Village area of Chicago, sponsored by the Brothers of the Holy Cross. While serving at Holy Trinity, Bednar spearheaded a successful capital campaign and organized the subsequent physical renovations of the school.
“Tom is a perfect fit for Guerin College Prep. He is mission driven, has extensive experience as a high school president, and understands well the demands of school administration. As Guerin moves forward with new initiatives, we are blessed to have Tom's service as president to lead us into the future,” stated Sister Jeanne Hagelskamp S.P. who is the general councilor for the Sister of Providence and an Ex Officio member of the Guerin Prep Board of Directors.
Previous to accepting the President’s position at Wheaton-St. Francis, Bednar gained financial planning experience as a financial advisor with UBS. As the President of Wheaton-St. Francis, he led three capital campaigns that resulted in the construction of a new learning resource center, science wing, athletic stadium and auxiliary athletic building. During his tenure, he was instrumental in the formation of a very active Fathers’ Club, the initiation of an International Student Program, the implementation of the Mobile Learning Initiative and the creation of a President’s Council and Leadership Team. "I'm looking forward to leading the Guerin Prep community in our mission to educate young women and men in our faith and prepare them for college and a life committed to love, mercy and justice." Bednar stated.
Bednar is originally from Kansas City, MO. He and his wife have two sons who are University of Illinois alumni. The Bednar’s live in Villa Park.