OAK LAWN — After 15 years serving the Oak Lawn Community High School District #229 as its superintendent, Dr. Michael Riordan has announced he will retire effective June 30, 2023. The Board of Education has appointed Dr. Shahe Bagdasarian as his replacement.
“It has been a privilege to serve as Oak Lawn’s superintendent these last 15 years,” said Riordan, who began his OLCHS career in 1992 as a science teacher. “I love the OLCHS community, and I have loved being its school superintendent. OLCHS is a remarkable place to learn, work, and grow. I know the district will continue a successful path led by Dr. Bagdasarian.”
Bagdasarian began his career in education as a special education teacher in Lansing, Michigan. After relocating to the Chicago area, Dr. Bagdasarian taught, coached football, and held numerous educational leadership positions, most recently as the Principal of York High School in Elmhurst, Illinois.
He earned a bachelor’s degree from State University of New York, Buffalo State College, as well as a master’s degree and Doctorate from the University of Illinois. Bagdasarian will begin his role as OLCHS superintendent on July 1, 2023.
“The Oak Lawn Community High School Board of Education is excited to work with Dr. Bagdasarian in his new role,” said Robert Loehr, board president. “Dr. Bagdasarian has the experience and background needed to help the district achieve its future goals and promote academic success.”
Loehr said Riordan and Bagdasarian will work together over the next six months to ensure a smooth transition.
“Dr. Riordan has done an admirable job leading the school district, and we appreciate his contributions to our school, students, staff, and community. He will be missed, and we wish him a very happy retirement,” Loehr said.