Former Oswego school superintendent will lead Syracuse Catholic schools

William W. Crist, former superintendent of the Oswego City School District, has been named the new superintendent of the Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Syracuse, Bishop Robert J. Cunningham announced.

The Diocese of Syracuse consists of 22 schools in its seven-county area with more than 5,000 students Pre-K-12.

Crist comes to the diocese with a career history in education of thirty-one years. Since August, he has been the interim superintendent of Schools for the Massena Central School District.

Prior to that, Crist was superintendent for the Oswego City School District since 2008, and assistant superintendent prior to that time, since 2004.
Crist is a graduate of Ithaca College with a master of music education degree; the State University of New York with a certificate of advanced study – educational administration; Cornell University with a certificate in labor relations and the State University of New York having completed the Superintendent Development Program of Studies.

Crist and his family are active Catholics and members of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Minetto.

“I eagerly anticipate the challenges and experiences associated with transitioning to the Roman Catholic educational program and sharing my instructional leadership and Catholic faith with professionals, parishioners, parents and children,” Crist said.

“I am most pleased to welcome Bill Crist as our new superintendent of Catholic Schools and am very happy that he has accepted our invitation to join us,” said Bishop Cunningham. “I am also most grateful to the search committee who prayerfully and professionally considered each of the 12 applicants.”

Crist will begin his new post March 10 in order to complete his current responsibilities. For more information, call Danielle E. Cumming, assistant chancellor/director of communications at 470-1476.

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