Michael Wixted was appointed Interim Principal of St. Rita in December 2019. Previously, Mr. Wixted spent two and a half years as the Upper School Assistant Principal. In 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 refresh to the middle school program through his Middle School 2.0 plan.
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 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. As such, 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.