Michael E. Pennell, M.A., Ph.D., Principal
Dr. Pennell is now serving in his twelfth year as Principal of Prince of Peace Catholic School. He has been a teacher and administrator in Catholic schools since 1991. He joined Prince of Peace as Principal in June 2005 as the school entered its third academic year. He had previously served four years as Assistant Headmaster and Head of Middle School at St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Greenville. Since 2005, Dr. Pennell has supervised the growth of the school from a K5 to 4th grade with 130 students enrolled to a K4 to 8th grade with now 270 students enrolled in the current 2016-17 school year.
Dr. Pennell more recently achieved success for Prince of Peace Catholic School when the school earned the 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools award from the US Department of Education. To learn more about that process, read more HERE.
Before arriving in Greenville in 2001, Dr. Pennell worked in Catholic education in the Diocese of Dallas at the middle school, high school, and college levels. He had served on two Texas Catholic Conference Accreditation Commission teams in the late 90’s – for Bishop Lynch High School and for Dallas Jesuit. In 2012, he successfully led Prince of Peace Catholic School through their first accreditation process with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools or SACS after which Prince of Peace Catholic School became fully accredited for the first time. He served as a member of the Catholic Diocese of Charleston’s Governance and Leadership Committee during the diocesan accreditation process, and continued his role as a member of the Diocesan Internal Review team that oversees diocesan-wide maintenance of SACS accreditation standards for all Catholic schools throughout South Carolina. He continues to serve as a member of the Academics Standards Committee preparing for accreditation reporting in Spring 2017 for Diocese of Charleston Catholic Schools.
In June 2015, Dr. Pennell was invited by Bishop Robert Guglielmone of the Diocese of Charleston to serve on a diocesan committee of pastors and chancery staff to review and evaluate how the diocesan chancery personnel currently serve and can better serve the employee needs of staff in the fields of ministry in parishes and schools throughout the Diocese of Charleston.
Dr. Pennell has attended Catholic schools since Kindergarten. He attended St. Raphael’s Catholic School and Cathedral High School in his native Canada as a youth, and he later earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in New Hampshire. He continued his studies earning both a Master of Arts and Ph.D. from the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts at the Catholic University of Dallas in Dallas, Texas. He earned a certificate in Catholic Schools Administration in the University of Dallas’ Catholic School Leadership Program.