As President of ICHS, Honohan will be responsible for designing and implementing a range of fundraising, development, enrollment management and admissions programs to provide enrollment growth and financial stability and thus ensure long-term viability for the school. She also will be responsible for daily personnel and financial matters at ICHS, and will report to the Board of Trustees.
An alumna of ICHS – along with six of her siblings -- Honohan brings to this post solid experience in business, educational management, curriculum development and implementation, and fundraising and institutional development. Most recently, Honohan served as director of development for ICHS in the school’s recent efforts to place the school on the road to firm financial footing, a monumental effort by students, parents, teachers, administration, board of trustees, alumni and friends.
Her marketing and promotional skills were honed as an account executive for Bauer & Rosner Public Relations, New York, where she developed and executed marketing opportunities in major media outlets for assigned clients. Her educational background included experience as both a volunteer and staff member at schools in California and New York.
She has served as Founder and Program Director of both the School Chorus and Drama programs of St. Joseph’s School, Yorkville (NY), developing the curricula and providing educational leadership to students seeking to gain skills for high school and college performing arts programs. In this role, Honohan also sought and obtained consistent sources of funding to maintain and grow these programs to assure their longevity and effectiveness to students well into the future.
Further, Honohan was instrumental in creating for St. Joseph’s School both a School Advisory Board and a Financial Board.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Marymount Manhattan College, and a Master of Arts in Educational Theatre from the Steinhardt School of Education of New York University.
In announcing her appointment as President of ICHS, Board of Trustees Chair William C. Slattery said: “The return of Celia Honohan to ICHS is truly providential. She is the person primarily responsible for raising the nearly $500,000 needed to bring a fresh start to the school and a beginning of a new chapter in our history. All members of the school family of ICHS – students, faculty, alumni, friends and supporters – will surely benefit from the strength, wit, determination, initiative and innovation that Celia will bring to the helm of ICHS in this year of transition.
“For all of these reasons, the Board unanimously chose her to serve as President.”
Located at 33 Cottage Place, Montclair, Immaculate Conception High School opened in 1925 as a parish high school serving young Catholic men and women in the surrounding area. In the years since, it had broadened its mission and currently serves young people from many communities in Essex, Passaic and Union Counties. In 2004, Immaculate Conception High School became a private Catholic school governed by a Board of Trustees. Originally slated to close in June 2014, Archbishop John Myers in July permitted the school to remain open following an extensive fundraising and enrollment improvement effort by the schools extended family of students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni and friends.