WW Principal

Joseph Cray

NORTH WILDWOOD — Wildwood Catholic High School has hired Joseph Cray, a former school administration in Philadelphia, as its principal, according to a news release sent out earlier this month.

The school had previously been run by a pair of deans, Carolyn Miller and Mary Kane. Miller is retiring, while Kane will return to the classroom as a teacher, the release said.

Cray, of Swedesboro, will assume “the spiritual, educational and managerial leadership of the school,” the announcement said.

He spent seven years at the Kensington Health Sciences Academy, part of the Philadelphia School District. Craw served as an administrator at the school and previously worked in several positions there, including operations officer, roster chair and entrepreneur teacher, according to the release.

“He really impressed me, both with his knowledge of education best practices and with his deep spirituality, as well as his firm belief in creating a collaborative environment,” said Joe Bogle, chairperson of the Wildwood Catholic High School Board of Trustees in a statement.

“His obvious dedication to the spiritual and academic formation of young people shone through all his answers to our questions during the discernment process,” said the Rev. Joseph Wallace, president of the high school.

Cray graduated from Temple University in 2005 with a degree in mathematical economics and earned a master’s degree in education in 2012 from Gwynedd-Mercy College, the announcement said.

He plans to move to North Wildwood in the summer, the release said, and his wife, Joanne, is a Wildwood Catholic graduate.

“It is my strong belief that a high school should serve as a combination of character development and educational enrichment. I look forward to continuing and expanding on the school’s fine tradition of academic rigor, athletic excellence and service to the community,” Cray said in a statement.

Jack Tomczuk can be reached at jtomczuk@pressofac.com or 609-272-7411.