The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis announced earlier today that Marty Frauenheim, Superintendent of Schools, is retiring effective October 24th. The process to find a successor to Ms. Frauenheim is now underway.
Frauenheim joined the Archdiocese in 2008 after serving for three years as the Associate Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic School System and following nearly 30 years of work in Catholic education. She has served in many roles, from classroom teacher to principal, in Catholic schools in New York, Colorado and Texas and has placed a special focus on curriculum development.
During her tenure at the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, Frauenheim has been instrumental in leading a wide range of important and strategic initiatives designed to sustain and grow the Archdiocese’ Catholic school system. Her major focus has been to put into place the foundation needed to implement successfully a comprehensive and long-term strategic plan for Catholic schools. The last of these foundational pieces, a reorganization of the Office of Catholic Schools, has begun and will be completed by next September.
Commenting on the timing for the change, Frauenheim said “Our team has accomplished a great deal over the past four years and we’re in a very good place now. I felt this was the perfect time to transition the reins to a new leader who can build on a firm foundation and take the implementation of our strategic plan to the next level. I believe strongly in the value of Catholic education and am confident it will continue to grow and thrive in this Archdiocese.”
Archbishop John C. Nienstedt accepted Frauenheim’s request for retirement in August. “Marty has been a loyal and effective leader for our Catholic schools and she will be missed greatly,” the archbishop said. “We were fortunate to have her with us these past four years and we are most grateful for her service to this local Church and our Catholic school system. I wish her and her husband Ed every blessing as they begin a new transition in their life.”
Frauenheim, who moved to the Twin Cities after living in Chicago for three years, plans to stay in Minnesota. “We love it here in the Twin Cities. Although I am retiring, I am sure I will be quickly looking for new ways to give back to the Catholic community that I love so much. I won’t be able to stay still for long.”