Omaha, NE – Roncalli Catholic High School has named Sean Keisling its new president.
Keisling replaces Ann O’Connor, who announced her resignation September of 2020. O’Connor took over leadership of Roncalli in 2015.
“Sean has all the requisite experience and expertise to lead Roncalli into the future,” said James Andrews, chairman of the Roncalli Board of Directors.
Keisling has been program director for the Family Home Program at Boys Town in Boys Town, Nebraska. In that role, he had direct oversight of a residential treatment program for at-risk youth.
Keisling started his Boys Town career in 2010 as a family teacher, where he and his wife Hannah were primary care providers for eight at-risk youth ages 10-18. The Keislings cared for 40 youth in their home over a four-year span.
After departing family teaching, Keisling transitioned into management roles at Boys Town. He also worked for a national fundraising firm based in Omaha. He conducted feasibility studies and was the lead project manager for parish capital campaigns.
“I am honored and humbled to serve as Roncalli’s next president and build upon previous leadership. I was drawn into Roncalli’s commitment to a diverse education as well as a school built on a strong Catholic identity” said Keisling.
A native of Omaha, Keisling holds a Master of Science degree in Child, Youth and Family Human Service Administration from the University of Nebraska Lincoln and a Bachelor of Science in Business from Bellevue University. He has over 10 years of experience working with nonprofits in program management, direct care, and development and marketing.
The Keislings are parishioners at St. Wenceslaus in Omaha, NE. Sean has volunteered for several high school youth ministry programs throughout Omaha and is a member of the Knights of Columbus. He and his wife, Hannah, have been married for almost twelve years, and Hannah is the current Youth Formation Director at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Omaha. They have four children, ages 10, 8, 5, and 3. Sean spends a majority of his free time attending his kid’s soccer, baseball, and softball games. Additionally, Sean enjoys running and exercising and has run multiple marathons, half-marathons, and numerous road races.
Andrews said Keisling’s passion for sharing his faith convinced the board he was the right choice to lead the North Omaha high school.
Keisling was chosen after a national search and selection process overseen by a Search Committee made up of a priest, school parents and Board members. The process included three interviews, written responses, and a leadership assessment. Input was gathered from administration, faculty, staff and parents to identify characteristics to seek in a new President. After Search Committee interviews, two finalists were forwarded to the Board who interviewed both. The Board selection met with the Archbishop, who approved the choice. Andrews said the committee was looking for a candidate who could build upon the success of Ann O’Connor, the school’s outgoing president.
“The Roncalli community owes a great deal of thanks to Ann for leading the school to greater growth and success,” Andrews said.
Keisling will begin a process of orientation in late May. He’ll begin his president duties July 1.