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Jay Dunlap named Madonna School president

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Jay Dunlap, an Omaha native and veteran communications and fundraising administrator and teacher, has been hired as the president of Madonna School in Omaha.

He will begin his new position July 5.

"We are delighted to welcome Jay Dunlap back to the Archdiocese of Omaha and are confident that Madonna School will benefit significantly from his many talents as an experienced communicator, fundraiser and educator," said Msgr. James Gilg, superintendent of Catholic schools, in a May 28 press release from the Archdiocese of Omaha.

The press release also announced that Sister for Christian Community Michelle Faltus will retire as executive director for transition and development of the school for children with special needs at the end of the 2009-2010 school year.

Dunlap comes to Madonna School after serving as a communications and fundraising consultant while teaching at Sacred Heart Apostolic School in Rolling Prairie, Ind.

After graduating from Omaha Creighton Prep, he earned his bachelor's degree from Notre Dame University and a master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.

He served as news anchor for the NBC affiliate in Dayton, Ohio, as communications director for an international Catholic missionary organization and taught communications at Mater Ecclesiae College in Greenville, R.I., at New York University, Indiana University and Regina Apostolorum University in Rome.

Dunlap and his wife, Margie Gans Dunlap, and five children have lived in South Bend, Ind., for the past six years.

After more than 50 years of serving in Catholic schools as a teacher and administrator, Sister Faltus will retire. But she said she plans to continue to be active in Catholic education.

Msgr. Gilg said, "I know that I speak for all the parents and students, and for all the individuals who have benefited from her ministry, in expressing our profound gratitude to Sister Michelle for her dedication and service to the Catholic Church and Madonna School."

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