Kathleen Finnigan, who was named superintendent of the Red Deer Regional Catholic School Board on Tuesday, has more than 30 years of experience as an educator. (Courtesy of Red Deer Regional Catholic Schools)

Kathleen Finnigan, who was named superintendent of the Red Deer Regional Catholic School Board on Tuesday, has more than 30 years of experience as an educator. (Courtesy of Red Deer Regional Catholic Schools)

Kathleen Finnigan named Red Deer Regional Catholic Schools superintendent

The Red Deer Regional Catholic School Board will continue to be led by Kathleen Finnigan.

In an announcement Tuesday, the board said that after a four-month search for a new superintendent that found a number of qualified people, they landed on Finnigan.

“Kathleen was chosen in a highly competitive selection process from a strong field of candidates,” said board chair Kim Pasula.

“She is a highly impressive talent known for her collaborative leadership style that will serve her and our entire staff well in advancing the mission of Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools to make Christ known to children.”

Finnigan took over the role of acting superintendent in February.

She has more than 30 years of experience as an educator in Catholic schools within the division and has also served as a counsellor, school administrator and senior administrator.

In her role as principal at St. Martin de Porres School, she helped develop the first fine arts school in central Alberta.

Finnigan has a bachelor of education degree from the University of Alberta, a master of education degree from San Diego State University and is currently working on a doctorate degree specializing in K-12 education leadership through the University of Calgary.

“I am blessed to have been appointed superintendent … a school division known for exemplary staff and school administrators working together to ensure that Christ is known to students while aspiring to excellence,” Finnigan said.

“Alongside the board of trustees and staff, we will continue to foster gospel-centred communities of hope through communication, collaboration and innovation as we lead our school communities together.”