Vincentian Academy, a world-class, co-ed Catholic high school founded in 1932 in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, is pleased to announce the appointment of John Fedko as the new President. This is an exciting announcement for the Academy which is set to celebrate its 80th anniversary in 2012.

In recent years, Vincentian Academy, like so many private schools, has been responding to the challenges posed by the economic downturn. Among the challenges, positioning the school for continued growth during a time when families have many educational options and family budgets are stretched. Communicating to a wider audience about the unparalleled opportunities the Academy offers is key to continued growth and success.

Fedko is a seasoned communicator and has been a prominent presence in the Pittsburgh media for decades. He is a well known leader with strong ties to the community and a passion for Catholic education and excellence. He brings excitement and energy to the many roles of the President including that of Chief Communicator.

Since 1987, Fedko was the Sports director and anchor at Pittsburgh’s Channel 11 but recently retired from his position because his schedule was such that he often found himself away from his family. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California. John is married with five children, and is actively involved with numerous Catholic charities.

“As a father of five children who have benefited from the faith-filled environment associated with Catholic education, I believe that there is no greater goal than the growth and success of our Catholic High Schools,” reflects Fedko. “At Vincentian Academy, I strongly believe that the faculty and staff have created a perfect environment of challenging academics that stress leadership and character. The opportunity to join this elite program is a dream come true.”

Dr. John Murray, Jr., Chair of the Board of Directors of Vincentian Academy introduced Fedko to members of the Vincentian Family this afternoon. “By his words and actions, John clearly demonstrates his commitment to and passion for Catholic secondary school education,” says Dr. Murray. “We are confident that he will be a highly effective leader and communicator as President of Vincentian Academy.”

Founded by the Vincentian Sisters of Charity, Vincentian Academy is ranked among the finest secondary schools in the United States and abroad. Unlike other IB-affiliated high schools where only a portion of students enroll in the IB program of study, all Vincentian Academy students follow the IB curriculum, which is considered a mark of excellence by colleges and universities worldwide. Graduates attend colleges around the country. Thousands of students have been educated over the last eight decades and alumni can be found working in a number of fields.

John begins h is role as President immediately. “Over the last 25 years, I’ve developed a strong relationship with the Catholic Community of Pittsburgh, especially in the North Hills. It has always been my opinion that Vincentian Academy represents the best and brightest example of Catholic education. It is a great honor to become a part of the dedicated team that is leading Vincentian Academy into a new decade of growth and opportunity,” shares Fedko. “I am truly humbled to be associated with this incredible institution that is producing the future leaders of our nation.”

“We welcome John to the Vincentian Academy family,” says Sister Camille Panich, principal and Chief Academic Officer of Vincentian Academy. “We are proud of our Academy and grateful to those who make it such an outstanding environment – students, parents, faculty and staff. Our International Baccalaureate exam results continue to exceed national and international averages and our graduates maintain a 100 percent college acceptance rate. Vincentian Academy’s mission to provide a world-class education for the mind, the heart, and the soul remains the same. John will help generate even greater awareness of our academy.”

Fedko, who has received numerous honors, joins a faculty and staff at Vincentian Academy which have impressive credentials. In addition to emphasizing academics, sports, and a strong drama program, members of the Vincentian family also focus on long-term goal-making and work ethic. Vincentian students volunteer over 5,800 hours of service each year.

Notwithstanding an unparalleled academic setting, the most important benefit to students is providing an education for life–an education that inspires moral and spiritual growth as well as the highest intellectual growth. Vincentian Academy, a Catholic school inspired by the great Vincentian tradition and the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, welcomes students from many different faiths and backgrounds.

For more information about Vincentian Academy, please visit

Media contacts:
Dana Hinton, Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, 502.507.6479
Diane Curtis, Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, 502.930.9986

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