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St. Ed president resigns suddenly

Barry departure ‘effective immediately’

August 10, 2012
By BRANDON L. SUMMERS, , Messenger News

Tim Barry has resigned as president of St. Edmond Catholic Schools.

According to a statement released by Tim O'Tool, St. Edmond board chairman, Barry resigned Friday. Barry's resignation was accepted "effective immediately."

Barry was selected to become president of St. Edmond Catholic Schools for the 2011-2012 school year in April 2011 and began his position on July 1, 2011. Prior to his arrival at St. Edmond, Barry, a native of Rock Valley, served as president of Mount Marty College in Yankton, S.D.

"After due consideration, I have submitted my resignation from St. Edmond Catholic school to pursue other professional avenues," Barry wrote in the statement. "I consider my time at St. Edmond a privileged opportunity and I wish to thank all who are associated with this wonderful school for their friendship and support."

He added, "I wish St. Edmond the very best in the future."

Barry was unavailable for comment Friday.

As president, Barry was responsible for the "oversight of all aspects of St. Edmond, concentrating on fulfilling strategic objectives and developing the resources needed to achieve the vision and strategic plan of the St. Edmond Catholic School board," according to O'Tool's press release.

During his brief term, Barry saw the beginning of the high school's one-to-one program, in which all of the high school's students received laptops for academic use. The program expands to eighth-graders this school year.

"We would like to wish Dr. Barry all the best in his future endeavors" O'Tool said, "and we look forward to building on the institution's success in fulfilling the long-term objective of academic excellence."

Monsignor Kevin C. McCoy will serve as interim president. McCoy served as interim president before Barry's appointment, from 2009 to 2011. McCoy is one of three priests currently serving Holy Trinity Parish, with which St. Edmond is affiliated.

A replacement for the president's position will be sought immediately, O'Tool said.



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