CINCINNATI — Veteran Catholic educator Susan M. Gibbons is the new director of Educational Services and superintendent of Catholic schools for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. The Most Rev. Dennis M. Schnurr, Archbishop of Cincinnati, made the appointment after a nationwide search.
“Susan Gibbons has devoted her entire career to Catholic education in our Archdiocese,” said Archbishop Schnurr. “She will be a steady hand as superintendent, just as she was as interim superintendent, insuring that the strong forward movement of our schools will continue.”
Gibbons succeeds former Superintendent Dr. Jim Rigg, who resigned Oct. 2, 2015, to become superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Chicago. Gibbons, formerly a regional director for elementary and secondary schools, had served as Interim Superintendent since Rigg’s resignation.
“It is my honor and privilege to serve the Archdiocese of Cincinnati as the Superintendent of Catholic Schools,” she said. “Together, we will continue our mission of excellence in Catholic education.”
Gibbons, a native of Dayton, is a graduate of archdiocesan schools and universities. She earned undergraduate degrees in mathematics, French, and secondary education at what is now Mount St. Joseph University, and a Master of Arts in education at Xavier University, Cincinnati.
She joined the Catholic Schools Office in 2010 after serving as principal at Seton High School since 1997. She had held a number of administrative positions at Seton, where she joined the staff as a math teacher in 1980. She was also a math and French teacher at Alter High School, of which she is an alumna.
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati has the sixth largest network of Catholic schools in the United States in terms of enrollment. It is the 38th largest Catholic diocese in the country, with almost 500,000 Catholics in a 19-county territory that includes 211 parishes and 111 Catholic primary and secondary schools.