Tolton Catholic High School president and principal resigns
COLUMBIA - Kristie Wolfe, the first president and principal of Father Tolton Regional Catholic High School, has announced her resignation, effective June 30.
In a statement sent to the Tolton Catholic high school community Friday morning, Wolfe said other leadership gifts are needed at this time at the school, and “it is prudent for me to step aside.”
“Scripture tells us that there are many gifts, but the same spirit, and I am so very honored that the gifts I have been given by my Creator were just the right gifts at just the right time to be able to bring this school out of imagination and into reality,” Wolfe said.
In a letter issued to the Tolton Catholic community, Bishop John Gaydos of the Diocese of Jefferson City thanked her for her leadership, which he said "enables us to provide a diocesan Catholic high school for the community of Columbia and its surrounding areas.”
Bishop Gaydos appointed Sister Julie Brandt, associate superintendent of Catholic schools for the Jefferson City diocese, as acting administrator of the high school. The Catholic School Office of the diocese, in conjunction with Tolton Catholic’s board of directors, will address future leadership of the school and making a recommendation to Bishop Gaydos for a new school president.
Wolfe has overseen the development of the school since its inception, including completion of the school’s construction, furnishing, staffing and leading fundraising efforts which led to an expansion only two years following the high school’s initial construction.
“We are made for Sabbath,” she said in her statement, noting she has worked at the school for six years — one year planning and hiring in advance of the school’s opening and five years “at the helm as we’ve navigated uncharted territory, through stormy seas and calm waters.”
“Now,” Wolfe said, “the seventh year is time for Sabbath.”
Wolfe came to Columbia from Bishop Carroll Catholic High School in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania and has been at Tolton Catholic since its doors opened in 2011 with 64 students from Columbia, Boonville, Moberly, Mexico and Fulton.
The current enrollment is over 300 students and three graduating classes have produced 121 alumni.