Joseph French Named President of Stark County Catholic High Schools

French’s first day is July 8, he replaces President Rev. Donald King

May 24, 2024

Contact: Dennis Biviano, PR & Media Specialist, (330) 744-8451, ext. 320;

YOUNGSTOWN, OH- The Most Rev. David J. Bonnar, Bishop of Youngstown has approved and appointed Joseph French as President of Stark County Catholic Schools. His first day will be on July 8, 2024. French replaces Rev. Donald King who has held the position since 2022.

Most recently, Mr. French was Chief Executive Officer of Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health in Stark County. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Kent State University in elementary education and a master’s degree in early childhood education from Ashland University. French is a Louisville High School graduate and a parishioner of Saint Francis of Assisi Parish in Canton. Last year, French was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from Kent State University at Stark.

As President of Stark County Catholic Schools, Joseph French is providing leadership for Canton Central Catholic High School and St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Louisville, with the responsibility of identifying strengths and opportunities for each school.

French says it’s an honor to join the Diocese of Youngstown and continue his work with students in Stark County.

“It is truly a blessing to join the Stark County Catholic Schools team. I am thrilled to be able to serve in a role that combines my passion for our community, youth and faith. I am dedicated to making sure our youngest citizens have a quality education with an emphasis on servant leadership,” says French.




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