Mater Dei Prep, a Catholic preparatory school in Middletown, N.J. has elected Kathryn A. McLaughlin as the new chair of its Board of Trustees.
Ms. McLaughlin is a 1972 graduate of Mater Dei, and one of the founding Trustees of Mater Dei Prep during its successful 2015 transition to an independent Catholic school. She is also a member of its Hall of Fame, and an honoree at the school’s Seraph Strong Gala in February of 2020. She is a practicing attorney and founding partner of her own law firm, where she has practiced law for the past 25 years. She received her B.A. from the University of Delaware and her J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she served as an editor of the Cardozo Law Review. Before attending law school, Ms. McLaughlin was a sales manager in the radio division of Capital Cities/ABC. She has served as a member of several Mater Dei Prep committees, including Academic Affairs (as chair), Legal, Risk Management & Compliance, Human Resources, and Buildings & Grounds. She also formed the Women’s Leadership Initiative, which has created programs and raised funds to support and promote young women in academics and athletics at Mater Dei Prep.
Ms. McLaughlin succeeds Dr. Simon Bosco as chair. Dr. Bosco will remain on the Board and as a member of its Executive and Finance Committees.
Dr. Bosco said: “I cannot imagine a finer successor as chair than Kathy McLaughlin, whose devotion to Mater Dei Prep has been manifest from its rebirth in 2015. I assumed the role as chair with the understanding that mine would be a transitional one. I am proud to say that I have enormous confidence in the future of Mater Dei as a paradigm of Catholic education and in Kathy’s ability to sustain and enhance Mater Dei Prep as a model for Catholic preparatory education.”
Ms. McLaughlin said: “I am excited and energized by the opportunity that this role presents, and I am grateful to Dr. Bosco for his exceptional leadership, and his willingness to continue providing his expertise and guidance.” She continued, “I am mindful of the challenges ahead, but I know of no other school so well poised to meet them. Mater Dei has a special place in my heart, as it does in so many others, and a unique position of faith-based education in the community. I look forward to working with the many people who comprise our community – our faculty and staff, our students and their families, our alumni, the Parish of St. Mary’s, and the many others who participate in the Mater Dei Prep community, and who have given so generously of their time, talents, and resources.”