Steubenville Catholic Central names educator from New Jersey as next principal


STEUBENVILLE — Thomas J. Costello has been named principal at Catholic Central High School.

The Rev. Thomas R. Nau, pastoral administrator of the school, announced the appointment Friday, along with Diocese of Steubenville Bishop Jeffrey M. Monforton and Permanent Deacon Paul D. Ward, director of the diocesan Office of Christian Formation and Schools.

Costello has a 32-year history in education, most recently serving as principal of Pope John XXIII High School in Sparta, N.J. There, he was responsible for the education of approximately 900 students and the direction of 125 faculty and staff.

The native New Jersian received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton and a master’s degree from East Stroudsburg University.

Costello’s undergraduate degree was concentrated in biology and he was a biology teacher for 16 years in a public school system in New Jersey.

During that time he coached football, baseball, tennis and swimming.

“I enjoyed sports and being with the student athletes,” he said.

The master’s degree he received in public health enabled him to broaden his horizons, he said, as well as complemented his science background.

Throughout his years in education, Costello obtained principal and supervisor certifications and an Ed.S, which is a doctoral specialist degree in Catholic school leadership, management and policy.

Costello continues to study for a doctorate online with Walden University.

He holds membership in several organizations, including the National Catholic Educational Association, National Association of Secondary School Principals, the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development and Rotary.

He has volunteered as a baseball and basketball coach; served his parish, St. Thomas the Apostle, Sandyston, N.J., as an extraordinary minister of holy communion; and is a fourth-degree Knights of Columbus.

Married for 32 years, Costello and his wife, Cindy, have five children, ranging in age from 17 to 30. The Costellos’ youngest child, Joshua, will relocate with them from Branchville, N.J., to Steubenville. Two of the Costello children reside in California, one is a sophomore in college in Kansas and another is entering the Third Order Regular Franciscans at Loretto, Pa., in August.

Costello said his wife is a certified theology of the body instructor, the first such person certified through the Theology of the Body Institute. She works as a coordinator of family ministry and serves as an instructor for engaged couples.

“She is looking forward to the Catholic culture in Steubenville,” Costello said.

The Costellos are familiar with the city since one of their children graduated from Franciscan University, and Joshua attended conferences at the university, where he met a number of Steubenville students.

Catholic Central’s new principal began work at the school on July 10.

“The staff has been very welcoming and very accommodating,” Costello said. “Catholic Central is a wonderful school.”

Nau said that with Costello’s leadership and the faculty and staff talents and self-giving spirit, “we look forward to our future.”

An open house for students and parents is planned on Aug. 3 at Catholic Central.