Lutheran High School West News Article

Joel Bahr Hired as Vice Principal of Admissions & Enrollment

Lutheran West is pleased to announce the hiring of Mr. Joel Bahr as the school’s Vice Principal for Admissions & Enrollment. 


After attending Concordia University Wisconsin and earning an education degree, Joel built a career in Lutheran education. After graduation, he remained at CUW and began working in the Admissions Office as an undergraduate admissions counselor. During his six years employed with CUW, Joel spent much of his time overseeing the recruitment from and engagement by CUW with all Lutheran high schools throughout the country. It was a CUW that Joel met his wife, Jade, who is also a Lutheran educator.


In 2016, Joel accepted a call to serve as a College Counselor and Director of the Honors Academy at Milwaukee Lutheran High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Mr. Bahr is most recently served as Assistant Principal at Milwaukee Lutheran High School, a role previously held by current Lutheran West principal, Mr. Mike Waugh. In this role, he oversaw academics, advising, Chapel, and discipline.


Joel says, “My entire life has been surrounded by Lutheran education. I firmly believe in the eternal impact it has on students and their families. My experiences in enrollment and administration have prepared me to share that message with others and help grown Lutheran schools. It is my prayer that the Lord continues to make His plan clear and richly bless Lutheran West and its mission.”


Having grown up on the east side of Cleveland, Joel is no stranger to Northeast Ohio. His father served as Principal at St. John South Euclid for many years in the 1980s and 1990s. The Bahr family -- Joel, Jade, and their two young children -- are excited to have made the move from Milwaukee to Cleveland this summer. Although they will miss the community they have built in Milwaukee, they are confident that the Lord is guiding them to Cleveland and has much in store for them here.


Please join us in welcoming the Bahr family to Cleveland and to the Lutheran West community.


Admissions inquiries can be directed to the Admissions Office at [email protected].

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