Bishop Michael F. Burbidge appointed Mrs. Swenson to be the new Head of School starting on July 1, 2022. Mrs. Swenson began her career as an intelligence analyst before moving into the education field 26 years ago. She has served in a variety of roles in Connecticut and Tennessee over the course of her career, including as a teacher, consultant, instructional coach and advisor, and school administrator. Most recently she has served as academic dean, then principal at Notre Dame High School in Chattanooga, TN, where she helped guide the school community through the challenges presented by the COVID pandemic.
As Head of the School, she is charged with meeting the goals of the school’s long-term strategic plan. As part of that, she manages PVI’s fundraising, marketing, and public relations efforts; facilities; security; financial planning and management; recruitment; and alumni relations. She also oversees Athletics and Campus Ministry.
Mrs. Swenson earned a Master of Arts in Education from the University of St. Joseph and a professional educator license in elementary and secondary history and political science. Additionally, she holds a certificate in school management and leadership from Harvard University.
“I am delighted to join the Paul VI community and look forward to building upon the school's tradition of excellence to grow its mission as a service-oriented, faith-filled Catholic institution. I have been warmly welcomed by all, and feel blessed to join the Diocese of Arlington, a dynamic and supportive diocese that is committed to Catholic education.” ~ Laura Swenson