Dr. Robert W. Moran has been appointed principal of Bishop Shanahan High School effective July 20. (Archdiocese of Philadelphia)

A longtime Catholic educator has been tapped as principal for Bishop Shanahan High School in Downingtown.

In a July 7 letter, the archdiocesan Office for Catholic Education announced the appointment of Robert W. Moran, Ed.D. to the position, effective July 20.

Moran, the school’s assistant principal for academic affairs since 2019, succeeds Father John Donia, whom Archbishop Nelson Pérez recently named as president of Bishop Shanahan.

Moran brings close to 17 years of service to his new role, having begun his Catholic education career in 2005 as a social studies and theology teacher at the former St. Pius X High School in Pottstown. He then taught at Pope John Paul II High School in Royersford, and from 2017-2019 served as assistant principal for student affairs at Lansdale Catholic High School.


During his tenure to date at Bishop Shanahan, Moran has developed and implemented several curriculum tracks, including the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Pathways Program, the Eagles Business Academy, and American Studies in Social Justice.

Moran completed his Doctor of Educational Leadership with honors and was recognized with the Nicholas J. Rashford Award for Outstanding Dissertation of the Year from Saint Joseph’s University in 2018. In addition, he earned a Master of Education in Secondary Social Studies Education from Cabrini University and a Bachelor of Arts from the Catholic University of America.

He also holds certifications from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for Administrative I Principal K-12; Instructional 1 Social Studies grades 7-12; and Instructional I English grades 7-12.