Xavier Alumna Named Leader of Cincinnati Catholic Schools

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati recently named Xavier alumna Susan Gibbons the newest director of educational services and superintendent of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

Gibbons, who studied education, French and mathematics at what is now Mount St. Joseph University as an undergraduate, earned a Master of Education in Educational Administration from Xavier in 1985 while teaching math at Seton High School.

 I met both public and private school educators while there, which opened up many opportunities for me.

She says she chose Xavier’s program because she wanted to make the move from teaching to administration. The degree opened the way for her advancement into new responsibilities, including several administrative positions she held at Seton before becoming principal in 1997.  

“Making connections was one of the greatest parts of the program,” says Gibbons. “I met both public and private educators while there, which opened up many opportunities for me. I even had a few job interviews lined up before I graduated, and I knew about many jobs before they were even posted.”

She joined the Catholic Schools office in 2010, serving as a regional director, and has served as interim superintendent since the resignation of former Superintendent Jim Rigg in October 2015.

As the newest leader of Catholic schools within the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Gibbons hopes to continue working with parents, teachers and the greater community to promote faith formation, academic success and individual growth in their students. 

“There are never two days that are alike, and the work is hard but fulfilling,” says Gibbons. “But it’s an opportunity to make a difference, and that’s what’s always drawn me to education and educational administration.”