Kearney names first female president - Catholic Courier

Kearney names first female president

Former local television personality Donna M. Dedee will become the third president of Irondequoit’s Bishop Kearney High School June 1, according to a May 3 statement from the school’s board of trustees.

Dedee is the first female president in the school’s history. She succeeds Mark S. Peterson, who served as president of Kearney from 1999 until March of this year.

Dedee most recently served as senior vice president for marketing and communications for United Way of Greater Rochester, joining the organization in October 2001 following a 20-year career in local TV news.

She is former news director and co-anchor of “The Ten O’clock News” on Fox Rochester, and also served as the station’s director of marketing and public affairs.

Prior to working at Fox, Dedee held a variety of positions at WHEC-TV10, including co-anchor of “Live at Five.”

“We are confident that Donna’s professional experience and her devout faith will lead Bishop Kearney as the school continues to build on its excellent history of faith-filled instruction in the Catholic tradition,” John Costello, chairman of the board of trustees, said in the announcement.

Dedee, a 1981 graduate of Bishop Kearney High School, was chairwoman of the school’s Alumni Association until her appointment as president. She also served two terms on the board of directors, including a term as vice chairwoman.

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