Ian Mulligan named Principal of Vianney

Ian Mulligan Principal 


Mr. Ian Mulligan named next Principal of St. John Vianney High School


President Mr. Michael Loyet of St. John Vianney High School is pleased to announce Mr. Ian Mulligan as the new principal of the school effective July 2017. This announcement comes after a seven-month nationwide search in collaboration with Partners in Mission. Mr. Mulligan is a strategic-minded, forward-thinking, educational leader. He has the capacity for cultivating a strong Catholic, Marianist climate while promoting high standards based on best practices. Mr. Mulligan earned his undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Dayton and his Masters in Educational Leadership from Regis University. He holds Principal Certifications and Teacher Licenses in Science for both Missouri and Colorado.

Respected for his STEM curriculum design and implementation capabilities, Ian is currently the STEM coordinator at St. Gabriel the Archangel School since his arrival in St. Louis this past August. Prior to this position, Ian served as the Assistant Principal at Rangeview High School in Aurora, Colorado (2013-2016) where he was recruited to lead its STEM and Visual and Performing Arts programs. From 2007-2013, Ian taught Biology, Physics and Geology at Regis Jesuit High School. Additionally, as a Graduate Assistant and scholarship soccer player (2006 team captain) at the University of Dayton, Ian taught Biology and Chemistry at Dayton Early College Academy from 2006-2007.

Ian grew up in South St. Louis where he attended St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and St. Louis University High School. He and his wife, Lisa, have been married for seven years and have two beautiful children; Cora, their 2-year old daughter and Colin their 10-month old son. Lisa graduated from Cor Jesu Academy, the University of Dayton and the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University. She currently serves as the Program Director for Girls on the Run-St. Louis. The Mulligans are active parishioners in the St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish.

Ian is an outdoor enthusiast, enjoying camping, hiking and biking activities. He also enjoys learning as much as possible about professional development, leadership and character formation. Ian became familiar with the Marianist community while attending the University of Dayton, and credits his mentor, Br. Edward Brink for creating the fire and enthusiasm for serving as an educational leader. Ian is a firm believer in professional development and consults on a frequent basis with his coach and mentor, Dr. Jane Pollock, a renowned authority on the advancement of student achievement and staff development. He considers himself a lifelong learner. Ian’s father, Pat, is a Vianney graduate from the Class of ’74.

His colleagues and references have affirmed his capabilities and passion as an educational leader.


Ian is a man of integrity, humility and faith. He is committed to building and maintaining positive relationships with students, parents, colleagues and administrators. From his days as a student at Dayton to now, Ian never stops learning and trying to improve himself and those around him. He embodies the Marianist charism.

Brother Ed Brink, S.M. Past Director of Education for the Society of Mary, USA Province


Mr. Mulligan emerged as the right choice to be principal of Vianney. His thoughtfulness, passion for Catholic education, thirst for knowledge and compassion for others are at the core of his spirit. Committed to Catholic education since grade school, educated by the Marianists, a college student athlete, his STEM background, his ability to develop teachers and his modeling of what it means to be a servant leader are all testaments to his credentials to lead Vianney and our young men. We are blessed to have a man of his character, commitment and intelligence working with Mike Loyet to lead Vianney into the future.

Don Eggleston, Chair of Search Committee, Board member and Past Board Chair


Ian has knowledge of curriculum and experience with staff development. He demonstrates the ability to communicate well with others by using a positive, honest and humble approach. Mr. Mulligan will bring instructional leadership to Vianney as he has shown significant student gains in his previous schools. He has also developed quality teaching through mentoring, coaching and evaluating of teachers as an assistant principal and through national staff development opportunities.

Dr. Jane Pollock, President of Learning Horizon and renowned educational author


Ian is an intellectual leader with a growth mindset. He is patient when working with teachers, staff and members of his leadership team. His ability and willingness to listen, process and verbalize what he has heard and understands is done effortlessly and with a great deal of confidence and humility. When Ian left our school, he left a huge hole in the student body, the faculty and in me.

Ronald M. Fay, Principal of Rangeview High School


The primary purpose of Catholic education is to help students discover, develop and nourish their relationship with God. The purpose of a school leader is to plan and design opportunities for the vision of the school to be shared and co-created by all shareholders. Student learning must be grounded in research. By using proven best practices, teachers can facilitate the growth of all students. The purpose of teaching is to awaken a spirit of authentic curiosity within each student. It is through exploration of concepts and opportunities that students can determine their passions and true purpose. Students will feel empowered and limitless in their quest for self- awareness and success.

Mr. Ian Mulligan, New Principal of St. John Vianney High School