Leadership and Planning

Bishop Chatard Board of Regents

Bishop Chatard’s Board of Regents assists the school’s leadership team in the development of strategic and other long-term plans. Members participate in decision- and policy-making with regard to education. Members represent the school’s constituent groups including parents, past parents, alumni and friends of Bishop Chatard.


Rob Shumaker Board Member
Rob Shumaker, Board Chair
Eileen Countryman Board Member
Eileen Countryman, ’90, Vice-Chair
Liz Sowinski Board Member
Liz Sowinski, Secretary
Bill Sahm photo
Bill Sahm, BCHS President

Not Pictured: Fr. Doug Marcotte, North Deanery Dean


Mark Bridenstine Board Member
Mark Bridenstine ’89
Mike Borchers Board Member
Mike Borchers
Kristi Gaynor Board Member
Tony Felts
Pam Fox Board Member
Pam Fox
Kristi Gaynor Board Member
Kristi Gaynor
Jeff Good Board Member
Jeff Good
Laura Mates Board Member
Laura Mates
Erika Redmon Board Member
Erika Redmond
Paula Ryan Board Member
Paula Ryan
Aly Schroeder Board Member
Aly Schroeder
Jim Stehlik Board Member
Jim Stehlik
Jeff Stickel Board Member
Jeff Stickel
Todd Surinak Board Member
Todd Surinak
Catherine Bates Board Member
Catherine (Bates) Waters ’08



Bishop Chatard Academic & Institutional Leaders

Led by Bishop Chatard’s president, Bill Sahm, the school is guided by a leadership team consisting of a principal, vice principal of student services, vice principal of academics and director of business.


Strategic Planning

The Bishop Chatard Board of Regents, in conjunction with the school’s leadership team and with guidance provided by feedback from BCHS stakeholders, develops a new strategic plan every three years. Bishop Chatard’s 2013-2016 Strategic Plan was developed in 2012. The school’s current 2017-2020 Strategic Plan continues to equip the Archdiocese of Indianapolis North Deanery high school with the foundation, programming and facilities needed to educate today’s high school students.

View our past and current strategic plans


Our History

In order to meet the educational needs of a growing and expanding Catholic population in the late 1950’s, Most Reverend Paul Schulte, Archbishop of Indianapolis, envisioned building three diocesan coeducational high schools in addition to Scecina Memorial High School.

Ground was broken in the Fall of 1960 for the first of the three new schools, Bishop Chatard High School, on property owned by the diocese on the corner of Kessler Blvd. and North Crittenden Ave. Construction of the school and convent were completed in 1961, and in September, Bishop Chatard admitted its first class of students from the North Deanery schools. Each year another class was admitted and the school population became complete in the academic year 1964-65.

Bishop Silas Chatard, the school’s namesake, was the first Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. He initially studied as a doctor, then became a priest and was the rector at the Pontifical North American College in Rome from 1868-1878, only the second rector in that school’s history. He then was named the Bishop of Vincennes and soon thereafter moved to Indianapolis, to become the first Archbishop of the newly renamed Diocese of Indianapolis.

Through the mid 1970’s, the school was staffed largely by priests of the archdiocese and Benedictine Sisters of Beech Grove, who are still part of the Bishop Chatard staff. When the number of sisters began to decline, they moved out of the school convent and the building was annexed to the school. Renamed the St. Benedict Center in 2006, this building contains classrooms, the employee daycare ministry, the school chapel and the Bishop Chatard’s advancement and business offices.
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In 1997, Bishop Chatard conducted its first capital campaign in order to raise $2 million for renovations and improvements including a new roof, windows, main entrance and lobby, along with modifications in the parking and landscaping.

In 1999 a $1.5 million building drive was conducted to add an extension to the south end of the main building which houses six classrooms and three ‘suites’ dedicated to the fine arts, along with a new library/media center. The school celebrated its 40th anniversary during the 2001-2002 school year.

In 2007, the Foundation for Faith campaign provided a 20,000-square-foot addition, new entrance, auxiliary gym and fitness center, and other improvements.

In 2011, BCHS celebrated its 50th anniversary, including the kick-off of the $4.5 million Golden Opportunities Capital Campaign. With this campaign’s successful completion, a new all-season turf athletic stadium used by football, soccer and lacrosse teams was erected, along with a baseball/multi-purpose field, softball field, track facility and run/walk trail. A robust wireless network and data computing system was completed to support a 1:1 computing initiative. Three science labs were updated to provide an innovative, hands-on science education for today’s students.

In 2020, the final phase of the Athletic Stadium and activity fields expansion was completed with the installation of bleachers at the west side of the football stadium and expanded parking area.

RT @BCHS_Media The sophomores received their BCHS class rings at Mass! 📸: MaryKate and Maggie Ryan pic.twitter.com/BUa8ThSZz3

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