Bishop R. Walker Nickless has announced an impending staff change for the Diocese of Sioux City.
The Diocesan Superintendent of Schools, Dan Ryan, Ed.D., has accepted the position of president at Dowling Catholic High School in West Des Moines, Iowa. Ryan has been with the Diocese of Sioux City since July 2009.
“This will be a tremendous loss for the Diocese of Sioux City,” Bishop Nickless said. “We were so fortunate to have Dan’s talent and insight engaged in our Catholic schools. We will miss him and wish him well in this new opportunity for his professional career as a Catholic educator.”
The bishop expressed his gratitude for the superintendent’s service in the past eight years.
“I have cherished his friendship and the opportunity to know him and his family,” he said. “I am extremely grateful for his advice these many years and appreciated the service he has given in helping our schools focus on the essentials of Catholic education. He has left a mark that will be with us for a long time to come.”
Ryan thanked Bishop Nickless “for the opportunity” to lead the 16 school systems that serves more than 6,000 students in the diocese.
“Working with the administrators, faculty, boards and pastors for the past eight years has been a true blessing,” Ryan said. “We have seen such progress and achievement in our schools that benefited our students, families and parishes. I am confident that our schools will continue to prosper.”
Bishop Nickless said the search Ryan’s successor will begin immediately. Ryan will be with the diocese until June 30, 2017.