WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) -- The new year will bring new leadership to Bishop Hendricken High School with Rev. Robert L. Marciano named its newest president.
Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence appointed Rev. Marciano, a 1975 graduate of the school.
Rev. Marciano starts his new job on January 1, 2019. He replaces President John Jackson, who retired this month after 46 years at Bishop Hendricken High School, eight years of which he served as president.
"We conducted a national search and found the strongest candidate less than a mile away," Superintendent of Schools Daniel Ferris said in a statement.
Rev. Marciano will continue his role as pastor of St. Kevin Church and School in Warwick and as administrator of St. Benedict Parish, also in Warwick, according to the Diocese of Providence.
"I am honored and pleased to do my part now as a member of the Hendricken team to lead us forward and to continue to make Bishop Hendricken High School a proud part of the Diocese and the Church that we love and call home," Rev. Marciano said of his appointment.
Ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1983, Father Marciano has more than 30 years of experience in various settings of the church.
He served as Chaplain and a team member of the Campus Ministry at Bryant University, Chaplain of the Warwick Fire Department and Chaplain in the Rhode Island Air National Guard from 1994 to 2016.