The Diocese of Des Moines

Superintendent search committee organized — 

Superintendent search committee organized

            With the public announcement by Dr. Luvern Gubbels of his retirement as superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Des Moines at the conclusion of the 2014-15 school year, the diocese has organized a search committee to look for his replacement.

            The search committee, which provides representation of the Catholic school community of the Diocese of Des Moines and reports directly to Bishop Richard Pates, will be chaired by Deann Cook, current chair of the Diocesan Schools Board. Co-chairing the committee will be Dr. Jerry Deegan and Joe Connolly, presidents of Dowling Catholic High School and St. Albert Catholic Schools respectively.  The committee will also include Monsignor Ed Hurley, pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Des Moines; Audra Meyer, principal of Holy Trinity Catholic School in Des Moines; Father Zach Kautzky, chaplain for Dowling Catholic High School; and Amanda Mohr of Creston, parent from St. Malachy School.   Diocesan staff Jason Kurth, co-chancellor, and Eileen Valdez, human resources director, will provide support.

            “This search committee, which represents well the schools community within our diocese, will have the important responsibility of identifying and submitting to me for hiring the next superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Des Moines.  I am grateful that each member has agreed to provide leadership in this important task and look forward to the hiring of a new superintendent,” said Bishop Richard Pates. 

            “Each member of the search committee brings different experiences and abilities and we all look forward to working with the community, by encouraging input and feedback, in order to identify the best candidate for our next superintendent,” said committee chair, Deann Cook.  

            The search committee will convene for an initial visioning and planning meeting before Thanksgiving with the goal of establishing a timeline that will allow for a successful transition of leadership.