Thursday, March 14, 2019 - At the unanimous recommendation of the Board of Directors of Detroit Catholic Central High School, the Basilian Superior General, V.R. Kevin Storey, CSB has appointed Mr. Ed Turek ’85 as the school’s 5th President in its proud 90 year history. Mr. Turek was selected from a nation-wide pool of candidates after a 4-month long search.
“I am honored and humbled to be appointed as the first lay president in CC history,” Mr. Turek said. “The Basilian Fathers were instrumental in my educational and spiritual growth, and to be able to work to advance the rich history and tradition of my Alma Mater is a dream come true.”
Mr. Turek will assume his formal duties on March 25. He will be replacing Fr. John Huber, CSB, who was named to the Basilian Council in December after serving as President of Detroit Catholic Central for four and half years. Fr. Richard Elmer, CSB (’46) will return to his active role as President Emeritus after serving as the Interim President during the search.
Mr. Turek has a strong track record of commitment to Catholic Education, and has served the Catholic Central community in a number of ways over the years. He was the Director of Admissions and Public Relations from 1997-2003, Vice-President of Advancement from 2003-2006, and has been serving as Executive Director of Advancement since 2017. Mr. Turek also served as President of St. Catherine of Siena Academy, an all-girl Catholic high school in Wixom, MI, from 2015-2017.
From 2006-2015 Mr. Turek entered the business world, where he co-founded a consulting and marketing company aimed at helping schools and non-profit entities.
As a student at Catholic Central, Mr. Turek was awarded the 1985 Fr. James Whelan Award, which is the highest honor that can be given to a Shamrock student athlete. After graduation from Catholic Central, Mr. Turek moved on to the University of Michigan, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree as well as a Master of Science Degree.
The search for Catholic Central’s 5th President was conducted by an 8-member Presidential Search Committee chaired by Carmine Palombo ’70. It consisted of a combination of current faculty, board members, Basilian Fathers, alumni, and a trusted administrator from another successful Catholic High School. A national search firm also assisted in the process.
One of the main focuses of the search committee was to find a candidate who fully understands the strong Catholic Central culture, as well as someone who will be able to advance the mission of the school to educate young men throughout Metro Detroit regardless of economic situation. The Board and Search Committee are confident that Mr. Turek is the best person for the position.
Fr. Gordon Judd, CSB (’58), the chair of the Catholic Central Board of Directors noted, “The CC Board came to a speedy but thoughtful and unanimous decision on March 8th after interviewing Mr. Turek. He is clearly the one to lead CC at this historic juncture when it is time for a lay person to assume the critical role of President. Our board decision was quickly and enthusiastically approved by the Basilian Superior General, V.R. Kevin Storey, CSB that same day.”
“CC has always been committed to developing young men in Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge,” said Mr. Turek. “To partner with our administration, teachers, faculty, staff, current families, and alumni to continuously improve our student experience and make it accessible to all young men in Metro Detroit will be a challenge I enthusiastically embrace.”
One of Mr. Turek's first duties will be to name a new Principal for the 2019-2020 school year, as current Principal Fr. Dennis Noelke, CSB (’71), is set to retire from the role at the end of the school year. The search is set to begin immediately.
Ed and his wife Chrissy reside in Wixom, and are proud parents of five children who have all attended Catholic schools.
About Detroit Catholic Central High School
Detroit Catholic Central High School is an all-boys college preparatory school founded by the Basilian Fathers in 1928. Detroit Catholic Central is rooted in the motto “Teach me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge” and sends an average of 99% of its graduates to college. Detroit Catholic Central is located in Novi, MI, and draws students from the entire Metro Detroit region. Detroit Catholic Central prides itself on its spiritual environment, its excellent academics, and its students’ passion for extracurricular activities. The symbol of Detroit Catholic Central is the Shamrock, which honors the founding Fathers’ Irish heritage, and its colors are Royal Blue and White in honor of Mary, Alma Mater. Currently, it is the largest Catholic high school in the state of Michigan, with an enrollment of more than 1,000 students. More information can be found at www.catholiccentral.net.