Michael Wixted was appointed Principal of St. Rita in January 2020. Previously, Mr. Wixted spent two and a half years as the Upper School Assistant Principal. During his time as an administrator at St. Rita, Mr. Wixted helped to create the original vision for the Student Success Center; introduced school-wide benchmark testing to monitor student growth; created a teacher mentor program; and introduced a new school administration model: the Dean Team. Under his leadership, St. Rita has reached a record enrollment, received a record number of applications for admission, and attained Blue-Ribbon eligible testing scores.
At St. Rita, he also serves as the student council co-moderator and is a coach for Spartan basketball. He spent his first two years at St. Rita as a Middle School Religion teacher.
Mr. Wixted is currently enrolled in the Executive MBA program at the University of Texas at Austin, with an expected graduation in May of 2023. Mr. Wixted is a 2017 graduate of the Remick Leadership Program at the University of Notre Dame, where he earned an M.A. in Educational Leadership. He is also a 2015 graduate of the ACE Teaching Fellows program at the University of Notre Dame, where he earned his Master’s in Education while teaching 6th-8th grade Religion and Social Studies at St. Elizabeth of Hungary in Dallas. He is originally from Philadelphia, PA, and earned his B.A. from Villanova University. He is a big Villanova Basketball, Notre Dame Football, and Philadelphia Eagles fan.
Mr. Wixted serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for Roman Catholic High in Philadelphia, PA. He is certified in Building Level Administration, Crisis Prevention, ALICE Instruction, and Grant Writing.