The President/Principal model is found in roughly 55% of Catholic and private high schools in America. Morris Catholic began this model in the late 1990's under Fr. Paul Manning as he became the first President within the model. Fr. Paul was succeeded by Mrs. Judy Berg and in 2009 by Michael St. Pierre until 2016.
Dr. Robert Stickles is President of Morris Catholic High School. Bob attended Princeton University, from which he graduated in 1970, and thereafter earned a doctorate in Education from Columbia University and a law degree from Rutgers University.
He worked in schools for the first ten years of his career, and then practiced law for almost thirty years, earning the "New Jersey Super Lawyer" designation from New Jersey Monthly Magazine on four separate occasions. He returned to education in 2008, teaching at St. Joseph Regional High School in Montvale, and then became Principal and then President at Roselle Catholic High School, his alma mater, from which he retired in 2015.
Bob has served as a Trustee of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation and the Sunrise House Foundation in Lafayette, New Jersey, and as member of the Board of Visitors at New Jersey Institute of Technology. A number of organizations have honored him, including his home parish, St. Catharine Church in Glen Rock, and The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Union County.
Bob remains connected to the law as a retired shareholder in the Newark office of Buchanan, Ingersoll and Rooney, a national law firm headquartered in Pittsburgh. He and his wife Victoria, an elementary school teacher, have three grown children and three grandchildren.
Mr. Loia joined Morris Catholic in July, 2013. Prior to his current role, Mr. Loia was the Head of School at Subiaco Academy in Subiaco, Arkansas. Prior to that, he served as the middle school guidance counselor for Delbarton School in Morristown. Mr. Loia has also served as head of the Middle School for St. Anselm’s Abbey School in Washington, DC, and as an instructor and coach at Loyola Blakefield High School in Towson, Md.
"It is a great honor for my family and me to join the Morris Catholic High School community," Mr. Loia said shortly after it was announced that he would become Morris Catholic's principal. "I am very pleased to be joining a school with such a strong commitment to both academic excellence and the faith formation of students. We are looking forward to our association with Morris Catholic for years to come."
Mr. Loia holds a Master’s of Arts in education from Loyola College, Baltimore, Md., and a Bachelor of Arts in history and philosophy from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Mr. Loia attended St. Virgil School in Morris Plains and Delbarton School in Morristown.
He and his wife, Betty, are the proud parents of six children.
(He is a Yankees fan).