Gibb will head St. Ed

Mary Gibb has been named St. Edmond Catholic Schools president.

Gibb accepted the position Wednesday and begins at the Catholic school in August. Gibb will oversee all aspects of St. Edmond, concentrating on fulfilling strategic objectives needed to achieve the vision and strategic plan of the St. Edmond school board.

“I am absolutely thrilled and excited to take on the new challenge that lies ahead of me,” Gibb said.

Gibb is a native of Rockford, and has been employed in the West Des Moines Community School District for the past 14 years. She has also worked in Indianola, Malvern and Fort Dodge school districts. Gibb holds a bachelor’s degree in science from Wayne State College, Wayne, Neb., and a master’s degree in science from Creighton University, Omaha.

“After a deliberate and purposeful search, we are pleased to have found someone of Mrs. Gibb’s caliber leading the mission of Catholic education at St. Edmond,” Rick McCarville, board chairman, said. “Mrs. Gibb’s background in education and her leadership skills will benefit St. Edmond in many ways. We look forward to leading our school in order to achieve our long-term objectives.”

According to Monsignor Kevin McCoy, interim president, Gibb will oversee the administration of St. Edmond.

“She really will be doing a lot of overseeing the teaching plan as outlined by the St. Edmond board of education,” McCoy said. “When I came here in 2008, the school and parish had just done a collaborative long-range plan and that was driving a lot of the work of the school. Once Mary gets here, that’s one thing we’re going to be looking at right away.”

The mission of St. Edmond Catholic Schools remains the same, McCoy said.

“We’re trying to pass along not only the Christian faith but make sure the children are well-schooled,” he said. “Her vibrant personality will be extremely important in terms of the leadership that takes place at St. Edmonds, and in drawing some of the connections with our stakeholders as well as our parents.”

He added, “Her task will be concern for the day-to-day product we have here at St. Edmond, but it’s also going to be strategic in nature.”

McCoy spoke highly of Gibb’s credentials.

“She really, I think, draws a lot of energy from working with the students and guiding their lives, as she’s been the head counselor at Valley High School,” he said. “She knows what is involved in administration. I’m going to be watching with great interest how everything proceeds.”

Gibb will be joined in Fort Dodge by her husband, Jud Gibb, and two children, who will be attending St. Edmond elementary and middle schools.