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Schools superintendent stepping down after 13 years

July 10, 2015

The Archdiocese of San Francisco announced July 2 that longtime Superintendent of Schools Maureen Huntington is stepping down from her position at the end of the current school year, effective July 17.

Associate Superintendent Nina Russo has been appointed interim superintendent for the 2015-16 school year. Russo has been an educator for over 30 years and received her doctorate from the University of San Francisco.

Huntington joined the archdiocese in 2002 as superintendent. She had previously been superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Orlando, Florida.

“Maureen has built up a strong corps of teachers and principals in the archdiocese,” Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone said. “Her patient, careful work with administrators and advisory boards has strengthened our schools in both the short and long-run.”

During her time with the archdiocese, Huntington created highly functioning special needs programs in each elementary and secondary school and established a network of 21 preschools in the system. In 2005 she led the creation of the Archdiocese’s Alliance of Mission District Catholic Schools, providing education and professional excellence for schools educating underserved students.

Huntington worked with special focus to train future elementary school principals.

“We now have a bench, that is, a group of administrators with all the credentials and experience needed to run an elementary school,” she said.

She also regularly visited all elementary and secondary schools throughout the archdiocese, in so doing building strong relationships with these principals.

Archbishop Cordileone added, “I am very grateful for Maureen’s leadership during some difficult patches over these 13 years. We all certainly wish her well in her next undertaking.”

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