Dominic Massa / Eyewitness News
NEW ORLEANS – For the first time in its history, Mount Carmel Academy will welcome a lay woman as principal in 2014, the school said, while announcing that its longtime principal, Sister Camille Anne Campbell, O. Carm., will transition to the role of president.
Beth Ann Simno, a longtime administrator at the school, will assume the role of principal in June 2014, said Sister Lawrence Habetz, O. Carm., president of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the congregation of nuns which runs the school.
Simno will be the first lay principal of the all-girls Catholic institution, located in Lakeview since 1926.
Campbell, principal of the lakefront school for the past 33 years, will transition to the role of president.
“Sister Camille Anne has been a steady, guiding force for Mount Carmel Academy. Her successor, Beth Ann Simno, will provide the institution with the stability and comprehensive learning environment that is expected of us,” said Sister Habetz in a statement.
Simno began her career as an educator at Mount Carmel Academy in 1978 and was appointed vice president of the school in 1992 by its board of directors.
Both Simno and Campbell are credited with leading the team which oversaw the school’s recovery from Hurricane Katrina, which severely flooded its Robert E. Lee Blvd. campus.