Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron has named Brian Dougherty, Ed.D., as the new superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Detroit. Dr. Dougherty most recently had served as superintendent of the Pontiac School District. Having begun his career in education as a teacher, then as a principal at a Catholic school in the Diocese of Erie, Penn., Dr. Dougherty’s résumé also includes six years as superintendent of the Corry Area School District and three years as associate superintendent at the Athens Area School District, both in Pennsylvania.
“Our Catholic schools are a vital ministry in the Archdiocese of Detroit,” said Archbishop Vigneron. “As we continue planning to strengthen our schools, Dr. Dougherty will bring his many talents to help advance the mission of forming young people in the mind and heart of Jesus Christ.”
As superintendent, Dr. Dougherty will head the Office for Catholic Schools and will report to Detroit Auxiliary Bishop Arturo Cepeda, Director of the Department of Evangelization, Catechesis and Schools for the Archdiocese. Dr. Dougherty succeeds Kimberly Young, who has served as interim superintendent since August 2012 and who will resume her prior responsibilities as an associate superintendent.
“I am confident that with his leadership, vision and energy as a Catholic educator, Dr. Dougherty will bring a solid direction to our Catholic Schools as we move forward into the New Evangelization,” said Bishop Cepeda. “I also am grateful for Kimberly Young’s service as interim superintendent, and am very glad that she continues to be a part of our team. She has done a marvelous job moving us forward in our strategic planning and her leadership has been wonderful as we build community among our Catholic schools.”
Dr. Dougherty holds a Doctorate of Education degree from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Science degree from Gannon University in Erie, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mercyhurst University in Erie. A father of three daughters, he is a parishioner at St. Joseph Parish in Lake Orion.
“I am grateful and humbled for the opportunity to serve as superintendent for the Archdiocese of Detroit, and look forward to working with Bishop Cepeda and Archbishop Vigneron,” Dougherty said. “It will be my first responsibilities to ensure that our Catholic schools have a strong Catholic identity, and to support and promote the values, direction and goals of the Office for Catholic Schools.”
The Archdiocese of Detroit’s Office for Catholic Schools provides resources and support for 96 Catholic grade schools and high schools in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, St. Clair and Lapeer counties. More than 30,000 students attend the area’s 72 Catholic grade schools and 24 Catholic high schools.