Heelan System President Retires

Jim Tschann Retires After Long Career
Posted on 12/28/2017
Jim Tschann

After over four and a half years with Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools (BHCS), President James Tschann  retired Dec. 31 and completed a 44-year career in Catholic education.

During his tenure, he led a PK-12 school system enrolling some 1600 students from the tri-state area. Bishop Heelan High School opened its Fine Arts Building in 2014 and constructed the adjoining new academic classroom building which opens to students Jan. 5. 

Under Tschann, technology infrastructure has been upgraded for all schools, a transitional kindergarten opened at Mater Dei School, and preschool classrooms have expanded. Administration moved out of its offices in a former convent next to the old high school, into a new building at 50 13th St, near the new high school.

In addition donors have created new scholarships to attend Heelan, Memorial Field received artificial turf, and the wrestling room in the CYO was transformed. BHCS leaders continue to raise funds for a school gymnasium in addition to the $27 million raised to fund the new high school.  

Tschann, a Minnesota native, joined the Heelan system in summer 2013. He formerly served as president of Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego and De La Salle High School in Concord Calif. He also spent 18 years in teaching and administrative posts at Convent of the Visitation, a PK-12 school in St. Paul, Minn.      

“I have treasured my time as president of Bishop Heelan schools,” says Tschann. “I have been blessed to work with wonderful staff members and dedicated educators.”

“We are grateful for Jim’s service to our Catholic schools,” says Timm Funk, interim CEO. “He has encouraged the teamwork that has promoted our progress and nurtured our high-achieving graduates.”  Funk, a CPA, has served as interim CEO since June to facilitate the leadership transition until a new BHCS president is named.