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New Leader for Catholic Schools
Posted 05/18/2017 01:00PM
Kathleen M. Radecke

Kathleen M. Radecke '85, former superintendent of the Diocese of Monterey's Catholic schools, has been appointed superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Oakland effective July 1.

From 2007-2011, Radecke was an assistant superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Oakland. Most recently she has worked as the Western Catholic Educational Association Elementary and Secondary Commissioner and director of the New Principal Mentor Program for the Diocese of Monterey. From 2011-2016, she served as superintendent of the Diocese of Monterey's Catholic schools, across four counties with a student population of approximately 5,000.

"Ms. Radecke's professional expertise and commitment to Catholic education will allow our diocesan school system to flourish," Oakland Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, said. "Her experience in improving teacher effectiveness, stabilizing and growing enrollments and opening Catholic schools to underserved communities will serve us well." Radecke, an East Bay native, said "I believe serving in Catholic education is a ministry in which there is no greater blessing than to have a positive impact on the spiritual and educational formation of a student.

"I am thrilled to have been given the opportunity to serve as the next superintendent of Catholic Schools and to return to the Diocese of Oakland, where I was born and raised, formed in the faith and my vocation as a Catholic school educator."

Bishop Barber described Radecke as a passionate and successful Catholic school educator with more than 30 years of professional experience.

Radecke was graduated from the University of San Francisco with a master's degree in Catholic School Administration, and with a bachelor's degree in Speech Communication and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from California State University in Hayward, and a Master Catechist Certificate from the Oakland Diocese. She was also principal at St.Perpetua School in Lafayette, and taught at St. Philip Neri, Holy Spirit and Moreau Catholic High School.

The Diocese of Oakland serves two counties in the East Bay region, Alameda and Contra Costa, and has nine high schools and 44 elementary and middle schools.

See more in the June 12 issue of The Catholic Voice.

- The Catholic Voice, Facebook Page. May 18, 2017

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