McClancy names new president
by Benjamin Fang
Sep 13, 2019 | 2754 views | 0 0 comments | 314 314 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Nicholas Melito, a former teacher and varsity baseball coach at Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School in East Elmhurst, has been named the school’s new president.

Melito, a 1976 graduate of McClancy, will serve a two-year term beginning with the 2020-2021 year. He will succeed Brother Joseph Rocco, who has been president for the last 15 years, on July 1.

James Castrataro will continue to be McClancy’s principal, the school said.

“I have a great love for the school and our students, dating back to my own days at McClancy,” Melito said in a statement. “I look forward to advancing the mission of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart in this new leadership role, and I am humbled to be able to serve the McClancy community.”

Melito joined McClancy’s faculty as a global studies teacher in 1998. In 2000, he began coaching the varsity baseball team, a role he held until 2018. In 2015, he was inducted into the McClancy CYO Hall of Fame.

In 2006, Melito was appointed to the school’s administrative team as assistant to the president. In that role, he served as director of buildings and grounds, as well as director of admissions.

His responsibilities included overseeing a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funded soundproofing and air conditioning project at McClancy.

On September 8, Melito was inducted into the Coindre Leadership Program, which was named after Father Andre Coindre, the founder of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart.

The program is designed to deepen understanding of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart and prepare participants to lead their schools.

Earlier this month, Melito also participated in an extended pilgrimage program to the birthplace of the Brothers in Lyon, France.

Rocco, who has been at the helm at McClancy since 2004, oversaw the growth of the Office of Advancement and the school’s first capital campaign. He expanded the school’s music programs and improved the facility’s technology infrastructure.

He also launched a new strategic plan and introduced new security initiatives, the school said.

In his 20 years at McClancy, Rocco has also served as principal, assistant principal for academics and teacher of Spanish and religion.

Before joining McClancy, he served as a provincial for nine years and a provincial councilor for 18 years.

“The province is very grateful to Brother Joseph for his many years of dedicated service to McClancy,” said Brother Ronald Hingle, provincial for the Province of the United States, “and his energy in furthering the educational charism of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart at the school he has loved so much.

“He has affected in such positive ways the lives of countless students,” Hingle added.
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