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President Ed Curtin says goodbye to Mercyhurst Prep, will lead new Mercy school in Florida

Erie Times-News logo Erie Times-News 6/17/2021 Baylee DeMuth, Erie Times-News
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Mercyhurst Preparatory School's president has accepted a new leadership role within the Mercy Education system in Stuart, Florida. 

Ed Curtin will be the founding leader of a new Catholic career and technical junior/senior high school in Florida, the Sisters of Mercy announced on Thursday. The change is effective in early August.

The new school, which will be located on property of St. Joseph Parish in Stuart, in southern Florida, is set to open for the 2022-23 academic year.

It's funded by the state’s public voucher program and a grant from the Drexel Fund, which helps develop schools in underserved communities.

The Ministry of Sisters of Mercy oversees Mercyhurst Prep and will develop the new school Curtin will lead. Mercy Education is the umbrella organization forsponsored schools of the Sisters of Mercy.

Curtin has worked at the co-ed Mercyhurst Prep in Erie for 31 years and was named president of the school in 2015. The school has 425 students.

During his six years as president of Mercyhurst Prep, Curtin worked to establish articulation agreements with higher education institutions such as Mercyhurst University, Gannon University, St. Francis University and Carlow University to provide academic and scholarship opportunities for Mercyhurst Prep students, the Sisters of Mercy said.

“While it will be a major change in my life after 31 wonderful years at Mercyhurst Prep, building a new school rooted in Mercy will certainly feel familiar and I am edified knowing that Catherine McAuley’s vision continues to grow,” Curtin said in a new release, referring to the founder of the Sisters of Mercy.

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“This is an exciting opportunity for me knowing that I will have a part in establishing a school that will deliver a strong Mercy education and provide opportunities for historically marginalized students.”

The Mercyhurst Prep Board of Trustees has launched a search committee to begin finding the sixth president of Mercyhurst Prep. Board member Emily Wachter will lead the search process.

Curtin's departure means that Erie's two Catholic high schools are looking for new leaders. The Cathedral Preparatory School and Villa Maria Academy are still searching for a new head since Chris Hagerty's sudden resignation as Prep-Villa's president in March.

a man wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera: Ed Curtin, Mercyhurst Preparatory School president, is leaving Mercyhurst Prep to head a new school leadership role in Stuart, Florida. © CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Ed Curtin, Mercyhurst Preparatory School president, is leaving Mercyhurst Prep to head a new school leadership role in Stuart, Florida.

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Baylee DeMuth can be reached at 814-450-3425 or bdemuth@timesnews.com. Follow her on Twitter @BayleeDeMuth.

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