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May 4, 2022

Badin High adopts new administrative plan

Badin High School will transition to a new President/Principal administrative model for the 2022-23 school year, with current administrators moving into the important new roles, the Badin board of directors has announced.

Brian Pendergest has been named the president; Patrick Keating has been named principal.

Brian Pendergest (left), a 1990 Badin graduate who has been the principal for the past 12 years, has been named the president. Patrick Keating (right), a 2007 Badin graduate who has served as an assistant principal for the last three years, has been named principal.

“This organizational change will position Badin for continued success,” wrote Cynamon Trokhan, board chair, in a letter to the Badin community. “The new structure will allow Badin to focus our efforts in order to reach our academic and advancement goals. We remain committed to our mission – inspiring young men and women to achieve their personal best, live their faith and lead the future.”

The president directs fundraising, finances, facilities and faith life as well as strategic planning for the school, with the principal being in charge of day-to-day school activities. The board recommendations were approved by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, which oversees the Catholic high school in Hamilton.

“I’m honored that the board has the trust in me to recommend me for this position,” Pendergest said. “As much as I have enjoyed being principal, I’m excited about the new challenges ahead to continue to help a school that I’m very passionate about.”

Keating noted that when he arrived at Badin as a Social Studies teacher out of Miami University, “administration was the furthest thing from my mind. But early in my career, I did a number of things beyond my teaching responsibilities, and I got to know the school very well, as a building and as a cultural entity.

“I believe firmly in Catholic education,” Keating added. “I feel like I’m an extension of this place, and I want to espouse the values and beliefs of Badin High School.”

Pendergest will look forward to new projects, including a proposed parking and multi-sport stadium complex behind the high school on New London Road, while having left a strong legacy as principal, including personal technology for every student, new academic programs such as Engineering and other compelling electives, and the $2 million Student Development Center.

“It’s been a complete team effort,” Pendergest said. “I’ve been very fortunate to have great people here in a variety of roles who really care about our students. Put the right people in the right places and good things happen.”

“People are proud to be here and proud to work here,” Keating said. “I want teachers and students to feel supported in everything that they do.”

Badin’s enrollment has gone from 448 students in the 2010-11 school year to 623 students at the start of this school year, and continues to rise. Pendergest noted that stabilizing and increasing enrollment had been a critical success.

“Badin has seen tremendous growth in the last 10 years,” Keating said, “and it will be my job to continue that growth in a variety of ways. I want this place to always be a home to all of the students who walk through our doors. And when they leave, I want them to feel like they can always call this place home.”

Pendergest said that his focus will be “a continued positive trajectory for the school. We’ve got the parking and stadium complex, donor-based scholarship funds, our annual fund, all of these things are extremely important.

“We’ll also need a new strategic plan in the next year or two,” he added. “We developed one about a decade ago, and now it’s time to revisit that.”

Of stepping down as principal, Pendergest said, “I’ve enjoyed it. Being around the students, faculty and staff has been a pleasure. Now, it’s time for someone with new ideas and a new approach to lead the school, and I have every confidence in Patrick Keating that he will do a tremendous job. I’m ready for a new challenge at the school I love and support.”

Pendergest has undergraduate and master’s degrees from Xavier University. He served as the principal at McNicholas High School for two years as well as assistant principal at Badin High. He and his wife, the former Kathleen McFarland, are the parents of five children and live in Hamilton.

Keating has an undergraduate degree from Miami University and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Notre Dame. He taught Social Studies for eight years at Badin before being named assistant principal. He and his wife, the former Erin Stenger – who is a Math teacher at Badin -- are the parents of three children and live in Hamilton.

Contact: Dirk Q. Allen, or (513) 869-4490

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