Dennis Sadler, former assistant principal at Aquinas Institute in Rochester, became the school’s new principal July 18.
Sadler succeeds Sally Cardilli, interim principal since May 2. Cardilli had been retired prior to her appointment, but was appointed interim principal following the April resignation of Father Joseph A. Grasso, CPpS, as principal. Cardilli has returned to retirement, according to Joseph B. Knapp, Aquinas spokesman.
For the past 10 years, Sadler has served as an assistant principal at Gates Chili High School. In this position, he was responsible for academics, discipline, scheduling and supervision of several academic departments.
Prior to working at Gates-Chili, Sadler spent 23 years in various teaching and administrative roles at Aquinas, including assistant principal, athletic director, and theology and health teacher. A 1962 graduate of Aquinas, Sadler’s six daughters are also Aquinas graduates.
“As a student, teacher, parent and administrator, I have been a part of the Aquinas tradition for four decades,” Sadler said in a statement released by the school. “It is a privilege to return to my alma mater and be a part of its future.”
The school’s announcement noted that Sadler’s hiring comes at a time of transition for Aquinas.
Last fall, the school opened a new fine arts center, and this fall, Aquinas will open a new 2,000-seat athletic complex. The school is also renovating to provide new heating and air conditioning, new lighting and new lockers throughout the school.
Aquinas President Michael Daley said he welcomes Sadler to Aquinas.
“The hiring of Dennis Sadler is a perfect fit for Aquinas.” Daley said. “With all that is happening on campus, this is a very exciting time in the history of Aquinas. I am confident that Dennis will ensure that the Catholic values and traditions at Aquinas will be as strong as ever, while at the same time maintaining the academic excellence that has been a hallmark of this institution for over 100 years.”