Catholic schools superintendent to retire in October

| September 14, 2012 | 0 Comments

Marty Frauenheim, superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, is retiring, effective Oct. 24.

The archdiocese made the announcement Sept. 14, and it said the process to find her successor is under way.

“Our team has accomplished a great deal over the past four years and we’re in a very good place now,” said Frauenheim, who joined the archdiocese in 2008 after serving for three years as the associate superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Chicago.

“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,” she said. “I believe strongly in the value of Catholic education and am confident it will continue to grow and thrive in this archdiocese.”

Archbishop John 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 came to the archdiocese 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. She has placed a special focus on curriculum development.

During her tenure in Minnesota, Frauenheim has been instrumental in leading a wide range of important and strategic initiatives designed to sustain and grow the archdiocese’ Catholic school system, the archdiocese said in a statement. 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.

Frauenheim said she plans to stay in Minnesota.

“We love it here in the Twin Cities,” she said. “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.”

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