NEWS RELEASE, For release June 1, 2017
Seasoned administrator, educator named superintendent of Catholic Schools
June 1, 2017 (Omaha, NE) – A Pennsylvania native and seasoned Catholic and public school administrator and educator has been named superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Omaha, effective July 5.
Dr. Michael W. Ashton is replacing Dr. Patrick Slattery, who is leaving to take a position with a Baltimore-based network of Roman Catholic secondary schools.
Ashton recently served as principal of St. Thomas More Catholic School in Chapel Hill, NC. His experience includes 13 years as a secondary and elementary school administrator at Catholic and public schools. He also has 21 years of classroom experience at elementary and secondary schools in Pennsylvania.
Ashton is taking over a school system with a student enrollment that is on the rise.
“I have spoken at length with Dr. Ashton about the strong position of our Catholic schools and about our archdiocesan pastoral vision,” said Archbishop George Lucas. “I look forward to his collaboration in realizing our vision of forming disciples of Jesus in schools across the Archdiocese of Omaha.”
Ashton, 49, was born and raised in Levittown, PA. In 2010, he completed a doctoral program in public administration, with an emphasis on instructional leadership from Immaculata University near Philadelphia, PA. He earned a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education and Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Penn State University in University Park, PA.
Ashton is an active member of his Chapel Hill parish. He was also active at several Pennsylvania parishes. He directed a teen choir, taught religious education classes, facilitated marriage preparation retreats, and participated in a men’s faith sharing group. He and his wife Cathy have four children.
The archdiocese conducted a national search for a superintendent of its 17 high schools, 53 elementary schools, and 19,831 students located in the 23 northeast Nebraska counties.