Diocese of Knoxville staffers retiring from Chancery, Notre Dame HS

Bishop Richard F. Stika has announced the retirements of two employees who have performed key functions for the Diocese of Knoxville.

Peggy Humphreys, who has served as executive secretary to Bishop Stika since his arrival in the diocese in 2009, announced in early January her retirement, which was effective Jan. 31.

“The retirement of Peggy Humphreys will be a great joy for her as she begins a new moment in her life but a great loss for me and for the diocese. She has been with me for 12-plus years, and I have the utmost respect and affection for her. So often I challenge people to be the face of Jesus to all that we meet, and without a doubt Peggy has lived up to that challenge. She will still be involved in the diocese. … She tells me that she would like to be a volunteer with projects that enrich our diocese,” Bishop Stika said.

George Valadie will retire as president of Notre Dame High School at the end of the 2020-21 academic year. Mr. Valadie, a graduate of Notre Dame, has led the Chattanooga school since Bishop Stika appointed him in 2013.

“It is with profound gratitude and appreciation for his service to Notre Dame High School that I have accepted his decision. His leadership, vision, and dedication to the school these past eight years as president have richly blessed the Notre Dame High School community,” Bishop Stika said. “George’s deep faith and his compassion for others have helped to build a cohesive and supportive culture within the school. I pray for his future happiness as he and his wife, Nancy, prepare to embark on this new phase in their life together.”

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