New leader for Catholic schools in Diocese of Biloxi

July 12, 2018

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Catholic schools in southern Mississippi are getting a new leader.

Bishop Louis Kihneman III says Rhonda Clark, the current associate superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Biloxi, will become superintendent on July 30.

She replaces current superintendent Michael Ladner, who is retiring after leading the diocesan school system since May 2005. Kihneman salutes him as “instrumental” in rebuilding and reopening Catholic schools after Hurricane Katrina, which struck months after Ladner became superintendent.

Clark has been the assistant superintendent of the diocese’s schools for 10 years.

The diocese covers 17 counties from Hattiesburg south to the Gulf Coast. It currently has 14 schools.

Clark will be the fourth superintendent since the diocese was formed in 1977.

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