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Former Canisius dean joins St. Mary’s; St. Joe’s principal returning to Niagara Wheatfield

Administrators at two Catholic high schools have secured new positions.

Beck O’Connor, the former dean of students at Canisius High School, has joined St. Mary’s High School in Lancaster.

The Buffalo News reported in November that O’Connor was dismissed from Canisius over how he handled allegations that a student athlete cheated on an examination. An online petition of unknown origin sought support for O’Connor’s reinstatement as well as for a proposal that the president’s position be re-evaluated.

Three months later, in February, the president of Canisius, the Rev. Joseph Costantino, announced he would resign at the end of the school year.

O’Connor started Monday as enrollment director at St. Mary’s, according to school President Mark Tramont.

Across the county, the principal at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute is returning to the Niagara Wheatfield Central School District as director of instructional technology and learning.

Jeffery Hazel joined St. Joe’s as principal in July 2011, after serving two years as principal of Niagara Wheatfield High School. He was rehired Wednesday night.

Before going to St. Joe’s, Hazel had been principal of Niagara Wheatfield High School, where he taught math for eight years.

Hazel, whose last day at St. Joe’s will be March 27, will join Niagara Wheatfield on April 7.

“The lessons I have learned at St. Joe’s will stay with me throughout my career,” he said.

Brother Christopher Belleman, vice president of student affairs, has been named interim principal. Robert T. Scott, president of the school, said a search for Hazel’s successor will begin immediately.