ALTON - Mike Slaughter, a long-time teacher, counselor and coach at Marquette Catholic High School, has now been named principal of the school.He
will take over his
new job Oct. 11. School board president Ron Motil said Slaughter was chosen from 11 applicants for the position.
The board unanimously selected Slaughter
from among the finalists for the position."The board was impressed with the qualifications of all the finalists, but Mike
proved to be the right man at the right time for the very important task of leading Marquette through what we anticipate will be a very exciting time."
"This is something I've been preparing for my whole adult life in education," Slaughter said."I loved it in the classroom, but I always felt that at some time I would want to get into administration, especially at Marquette." Slaughter
, 49, says he
has a personal connection to the school."Marquette means so much to me and my family," he
said."I graduated from here, my wife graduated from here, as did all of our children and both sets of our parents." A 1974 graduate of Marquette, Slaughter earned a bachelor's degree in history from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis., in 1978 and his master's degree in educational administration from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 1987. Slaughter began his teaching career at St. Teresa High School in Decatur in 1978.He joined the faculty at Marquette in 1979, where he served in various capacities, including chairman of the Social Studies Department, North Central Evaluation Steering Committee, and the Springfield Diocesan Social Studies meeting. He was a member of the Principal's Council, Curriculum Committee, Library Review Board and the SIUE Beginning Educator Support Team.He was junior/senior guidance counselor from 1994 to 2003 and also served in various capacities, including varsity football coach, varsity tennis coach and head ice hockey coach. Slaughter's tenure at Marquette was interrupted from 1991 to 1994 when he served as principal of St. Boniface Grade School in Edwardsville.
For the past two years, he
has been employed at Fischer Lumber Company
in East Alton.
is looking forward to working with the faculty and staff.
, 49, is married to his
high school sweetheart, Cindy.