Dawn Odom named principal at St. Vincent's Academy

Originally Appeared in : 9910-5/9/19

After an international, national, and local search, The Sisters of Mercy, the Board of Directors, and the Administration of St. Vincent’s Academy, announced that Dawn Odom has been named as the next Principal of St. Vincent’s Academy (SVA) beginning in the 2019-2020 school year.


Odom’s service to St. Vincent’s Academy, the Sisters of Mercy, and Mercy Education began over 20 years ago in 1997. After graduating from Armstrong State University, she started her career as a teacher and coach at St. Vincent’s Academy. She earned her Masters of Business Administration in 2008 and a Masters of Educational Leadership in 2013 from Georgia Southern University. During her tenure at SVA, she served as an instructional leader, teaching Math, Computer Science, Economics, and Psychology. Odom moved from the classroom to a leadership role 9 years ago serving as the Director of Athletics, a member of the administrative team and department chair. Odom has served as an AdvancEd Accreditation Team leader both at SVA and statewide.


In the Savannah community, Odom serves on the Executive Advisory Board and the Program Board for the Salvation Army, is an Executive Board Member for the Greater Savannah Athletic Hall of Fame, and is the Education Coordinator for the State of Georgia Athletic Directors.


Odom is an active member of Sacred Heart Parish, Savannah. Most recently she earned the Distinguished Service Award for the State of Georgia Athletic Directors Associations and has been nominated for the National Distinguished Service Award.


Mary Anne Hogan, President of St. Vincent Academy said, “We could not have found a more dedicated, compassionate, and intelligent educator, with a heart and understanding for Mercy Education. I look forward to continue working closely with Ms. Odom to explore new levels of excellence in education as we enter our next 175 years.”


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