Regina Dominican Welcomes Dr. Kathleen Porreca



Joan Kitchie | 874-989-0890


Decision Heralds New Academic Vision at Historic Institution

WILMETTE, IL – June 26, 2018 –Regina Dominican High School has selected Dr. Kathleen Porreca as the new principal of the 60-year-old all-girls, college preparatory Catholic high school.

“Regina Dominican is a leading academic institution and has empowered decades of women through its strong educational values and exceptional leadership,” said Porreca. “It’s an honor to be the new principal of this historic institution, and I look forward to building on the school’s treasured past by guiding new educational opportunities for the next generation of female leaders.”

Dr. Porreca comes to Regina Dominican with a strong background in educational and civic leadership. Previously, she served as the interim principal of Hales Franciscan Catholic High School; the principal and director of the University of Illinois Laboratory High School; a research specialist at the Center for Education in Small Urban Communities at the College of Education University of Illinois; and the principal of Elm Middle School in Elmwood Park.

Dr. Porreca is a resident of Oak Park, where she serves her community as one of five elected commissioners of the Park District of Oak Park. She is also a board member for the West Suburban Special Recreation Association. She has received numerous personal accolades throughout her career, including being named on Newsweek Magazine’s list of “Public Elites” in 2006 and 2007, and earning the Illinois Journalism Education Association’s “Administrator of the Year” award.

“Throughout the thorough interview process, Dr. Porreca quickly distinguished herself among a group of highly qualified candidates,” said Elizabeth Schuster, president of Regina Dominican. “Her qualities and characteristics reflected the values and vision desired by the Adrian Dominican congregation, faculty, staff, students, parents, and alumnae.”

Members of the Regina community participated throughout the interview process and their input was key in the selection decision. The interview committee was impressed by Dr. Porreca’s experience in creating top performing learning environments, her passion for both learning and educating, and her vision for data-based solutions and modern administrative methods.

Dr. Porreca will begin as the principal of Regina Dominican High School on July 1.




Regina Dominican is a college preparatory Catholic high school for young women, sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters. Regina Dominican fosters academic excellence, truth, peace and justice while challenging each student to develop leadership for life and respect for all races, cultures and faiths. The school’s holistic approach to academic and personal development honors the individual needs of each student and instills these core values, which guide all aspects of the Regina Dominican community.