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.
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 academics, vice principal of student services, vice president of institutional advancement, and vice president of mission & ministry. This unique leadership model places priority on academics and faith formation for all Bishop Chatard students.
Bill Sahm, President
Bill Sahm holds a B.A. and Bachelor of Letters in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame.
Prior to beginning his tenure as president of Bishop Chatard in 2007, Bill was a member of the school’s Board of Regents from 1994 to 2003, serving as the Board’s inaugural chair from 1994 to 1997. Prior to the creation of the Board of Regents in 1994, Bill was a member of the North Deanery Board of Education from 1993 to 1994.
Bill began his career at Roncalli High School, serving as a theology teacher and coach for seven years. He transitioned to commercial real estate where he spent 23 years in leasing, management and development before returning to his roots in education as president of BCHS.
Joe Hansen, Principal
Joe Hansen holds a B.S. in Education from Indiana University and a M.S. in Education Administration from Butler University. He is an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Air Force.
Joe served as principal of St. Roch Catholic School from 2004 to 2017, where he led his school to back-to-back Four Star ratings and some of the highest test scores in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Prior to joining the Archdiocese, he served as a teacher and administrator in Washington Township. He began his teaching career with Indianapolis Public Schools.
Tyler Mayer, Vice President of Institutional Advancement
Tyler Mayer holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from Purdue University.
During his tenure with Bishop Chatard, Tyler has also served as assistant director and director of campus ministry, director of campus life & ministry, director of student life, assistant principal, and executive director of advancement & enrollment. He previously coached football and lacrosse, and he currently serves as head coach of Bishop Chatard’s Improv Team.
Deacon Rick Wagner, Vice President of Mission & Ministry
Deacon Rick Wagner holds a B.S. in Education from Indiana University – Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI), M.S. in Psychology from IUPUI, and M.S. in Educational Administration from Butler University. He completed the coursework and formation for the diaconate through St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology and was ordained a Permanent Deacon for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis in 2012. He is assigned as a deacon to serve St. Pius X Parish.
During his tenure with Bishop Chatard, Deacon Rick has also served as a teacher, athletic director and principal.
Ann Taylor, Vice Principal of Academics
Ann Taylor holds a B.S. in Education and Special Education from Ball State University, a M.S. in Education from IUPUI and an Ed.S. in Administration from IUPUI.
During her tenure with Bishop Chatard, Ann has also served as the BCHS Director of Instruction. Her professional responsibilities have included work with the Milken Family Foundation Teacher Advancement Program and the Catholic Educator Advancement Program.
Ben Reilly, Vice Principal of Student Services
Ben Reilly holds a B.S. in Secondary Education from Marian University and a M.A. in Educational Leadership from the University of Indianapolis. He is licensed as a K-12 Building Level Administrator.
During his tenure with Bishop Chatard, Ben has also served as a teacher and a coach.
Dan Thompson, Director of Business Operations
Dan Thompson holds a B.A in Accounting and a M.S. in Taxation from Ball State University.
Dan worked several years in Public Accounting, then switched to private industry where he helped run all aspects of small business including accounting, sales, management, human resources, product development, event management and marketing. For over a decade, Dan has helped coordinate and run some high profile Archdiocese of Indianapolis’ CYO sporting events. He previously served as a football coach at St. Matthew and is currently coaching basketball at St. Joan of Arc. In addition to his responsibilities directing business operations, Dan is often involved behind the scenes with the success of many BCHS events.
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
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.
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.
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.