By Lindsay Steele
The Catholic Messenger
William “Bill” Maupin is often told he bleeds the blue and gold of his alma mater, Notre Dame in Burlington. Now, he’ll be able to wear those colors as often as he likes. The 1983 alumnus recently accepted the position of principal for the middle school and high school.
It is an appointment he is pleasantly surprised to receive, calling it a great honor. “It is coming full circle,” he said.
Maupin, 49, has spent more than 20 years working in middle school and high school education. He previously served as a teacher and dean of students at Notre Dame before gaining experience as a principal and assistant principal in Fort Madison. He has a bachelor’s degree in U.S. history and government from Iowa Wesleyan University, and a master’s degree in educational administration from Viterbo University.
Maupin is excited to get started in his new role, and looks forward to sharing his love of Notre Dame with the students. “I want the students at Notre Dame to have the experience I had … I learned to love learning there. It is a smaller school with a lot of parental support.”
Katie Gavin, president of the Notre Dame Board of Education, said the selection committee had several qualified candidates. One reason for choosing Maupin was his ability and experience working with students in grades six through 12. She said Notre Dame has experienced some growing pains with the addition of sixth grade to the middle school six years ago, and felt confident that Maupin will offer perspective and be a benefit to the growth of the secondary program.
He will succeed retiring Principal Ron Glasgow, who has served in the position for seven years and will continue to be active on its foundation board. Lee Morrison, superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Davenport, said Glasgow will be missed, citing his record for increasing enrollment during his tenure.
Maupin will continue the push for more students and strive to increase community awareness about Notre Dame. “There are so many great things that go on that too many people don’t realize,” he said. “We need to let everyone know about what ND is about.”
Morrison believes Maupin is well equipped for the task. “His people skills will enhance his leadership, but also his teaching and learning skills will help take Notre Dame to the next level.”
Maupin believes his experience at the school – first as a student and then educator — is an asset. He said he knows the history of the school, its development and strengths and has a vision for the future “to continue building Notre Dame into the best school it can be.”
Maupin’s family already shares his love of Notre Dame. Kaytlyn, the daughter of Maupin and his wife, Shawnna, attends Notre Dame and will be a senior in the fall.