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ST. LOUIS – The Archdiocese of St. Louis announced Wednesday the name of the new superintendent of Catholic Education.

Kurt Nelson, Ph.D. has accepted the offer, effective July 1, 2014.

Nelson has served as president of Aquinas Cahtolic Schools in LaCrosse, Wis. since 2006. Two of the schools in his system were named Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education.

He earned his Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America in catholic Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. He received his M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from Oklahoma State University and a B.S. in Education as an Honors Scholar from the University of Missouri. He is certified as a pre-K-12 principal, 7-12 social studies, 7-12 science, and 6-8 mathematics teacher.

"I am very grateful for the confidence the Archbishop has placed in me and I look forward to working with the dedicated priests, sisters, administrators, faculty, staff, benefactors, and parents who have made Catholic education a priority in the Archdiocese of St. Louis," said Dr. Nelson. "Together, we will ensure that Catholic education remains a vibrant and vital part of the Church and the community."

Nelson replaces George Henry, who announced in October he would leave his position June 30 after serving nearly a decade as superintendent.

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