Betsey Hughes Gunderson has been selected as the new head of school at St. Anthony Junior-Senior High School, the only Catholic high school on Maui.
Her appointment was a unanimous board decision and approved by Hawaii Catholic Church's Bishop Larry Silva on Saturday. The newly created position is part of an effort by the 160-year-old Wailuku school to restructure its operations to boost enrollment and remain fiscally sound.
Gunderson, who was raised on Maui and holds a master's degree in education, previously served at St. Anthony Junior-Senior High School as a Social Studies Department chairwoman, a freshmen division coordinator and a religion teacher, according to a release from the school.
Much of Gunderson's 30-plus years as an educator have been at Maryknoll School on Oahu, including serving as principal from 2002 to 2012 and as director of curriculum for the last two years.
"As our first-ever head of school, Betsey brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, ensuring we carry out the Hawaii Catholic Schools' 'Systems for Success' and moving the school forward with 21st-century educational methods while also implementing balanced budgets " said Catherine Nobriga Kim, a 1974 St. Anthony graduate and chairwoman of the school board. "We . . . look forward to her leadership in carrying out our mission at St. Anthony."
Gunderson's first day on the job will be July 22.
The school is continuing to register students for the upcoming school year, which begins Aug. 1. For more information, call 244-4190 or go to the website www.sasmaui.org.