Ward had been serving as interim principal since July, when she replaced retiring Principal Peggy Warner.
“This is exciting news and I am confident that Mrs. Ward will hit the ground running in her new role,” McNamee said.
To select the best candidate for this important position, a local and national search was conducted.
“Several highly qualified, impressive candidates applied for the job,” McNamee said. “After a thorough interview and screening process, Mrs. Ward emerged as the best person for this role.”
An experienced educator, Ward worked at Christ the King School for 23 years, including teaching social studies in the middle school and serving as vice principal for 15 years.
“Tricia’s vision made it clear to me that she can and will move the school forward,” said Steve Spellman, principal of St. Pius X Catholic High School. “She is an experienced administrator with a passion for education and a love for children. She will be an outstanding principal.”
A native of Columbus, Ward has a master’s degree in education from Columbus State University, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and an educational leadership certification in administration and supervision from Georgia State University.
“I look forward to being part of Christ the King’s success under Mrs. Ward’s leadership,” said Rosa McHugh, parent and chair of the school advisory council.