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Subiaco Academy Headmaster resigns

Rob Loia, Headmaster at Subiaco Academy since 2011, has resigned effective June 30.

Loia said he is leaving Subiaco Academy to take a position as principal at Morris Catholic High School in Denville N.J., seven miles from his hometown.

“The chance to move back home was certainly a factor in the decision,” Loia said last week.

Loia became Headmaster at Subiaco in July 2010. He succeeded Fr. Leonard Wangler, who served for one year in the wake of the resignation of Headmaster Mike Burke. Burke left Subiaco to become principal of a Catholic high school in Florida.

Loia said he and his family have enjoyed their time at Subiaco Academy.

“Subiaco is a phenomenal place,” Loia said last week. “We’ve really enjoyed our time in Arkansas. We’re going to miss the area. There are a lot of people here and the state itself that have been a big part of our lives.”

Loia and his wive Betty have six children. Two of their sons will graduate from Subiaco Academy on Saturday, May 18. Betty Loia teaches religion and art at St. Joseph Catholic School in Paris.

Loia said Academy officials have not announced plans about hiring a new Headmaster.

Subiaco Academy is an all-male, private Catholic school located on the grounds of Subiaco Abbey, a Benedictine monastery in Subiaco. The academy is governed by a board. The student body is made up of students in grades seven through 12. The school was founded in 1887.

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