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SPRINGFIELD William J. McCusker, president of Cardinal O'Hara High School in Springfield, said he is retiring at the end of the school year in June.
His announcement comes as the school celebrates its 50th anniversary and recovers from a firestorm that erupted over the firing of principal Marie K. Rogai in November.
McCusker, 68, said he might have stayed another year at O'Hara, where he was previously principal, but since the school is getting a new principal he thought it should have a new president, too.
"I've been in Catholic education 47 years. I think it's time to move on," he said, adding that he plans to work part-time as a college instructor.
McCusker, who graduated from Monsignor Bonner High School and lives in Springfield, first worked at O'Hara as head of the history department. He was principal of Archbishop Kennedy High School in Conshohocken and then took the academic helm at O'Hara in 1993. He became president in 2001.
Rogai was abruptly fired by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Nov. 11. The move angered parents who said they were not told about specific problems with her leadership and had not heard of the school advisory board that had voted to terminate her.
Rogai maintained that she was pressured to resign after rebuffing unwanted physical contact from a prominent volunteer who complained to the board.
- Kathy Boccella