By Fernie Ceniceros
Editor, Rio Grande Catholic
The Diocese of El Paso and the Diocesan School Board of education announced new superintendent, Dr. Lanny K. Hollis for the position of Superintendent of Catholic Schools that will be effective July 1, 2020 at a Press Conference held at St. Patrick School.
Originally from Tennessee, Dr. Hollis joins El Paso’s Diocesan staff after spending the majority of his 30-plus-year career serving students and their families in the Catholic schools of the Diocese of Cleveland, Ohio as a teacher and administrator. For the past two years, Dr. Hollis has served as Headmaster and President of St. John Paul II Catholic High School in Huntsville, Alabama.
“I am thrilled that Dr. Hollis is joining our diocesan family here in El Paso,” Bishop Mark Seitz said. “He comes to us with a wealth of experience and we are eager to continue the work of educating our students in the Diocese of El Paso with news insights and new energy,” he said.
An alumnus of Catholic elementary and secondary schools as well as Catholic colleges, Dr. Hollis holds a Ph.D. in Learning and Development from Cleveland State University, an M.A. in Applied Linguistics (Spanish Language Instruction & Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, TESOL) from the University of Southern Mississippi, an M.A. in Educational Administration from Ursuline College, an M.A. in Religious Studies from Indiana University, a Master of Theological Studies from St. Meinrad School of Theology, and a B.A. in Psychology from St. Meinrad College, along with Certification in Fund Raising Management from Indiana University’s Lilly School of Philanthropy.
“The Diocesan Education Board is excited that Dr. Hollis is joining the El Paso Diocese. We look forward to working with him on our transformation efforts to strengthen and expand Catholic education in our region. I want to thank the Board’s Search Committee for its diligent work that has resulted in Dr. Hollis’ appointment,” Joyce Wilson, the Office of Education Board President said.
“I am excited and honored to join in service to the faith and academic communities of El Paso,” Dr. Holis said. “I believe that the diocesan schools are at a dynamic juncture and poised for great growth. I am eager to be part of the work of the diocese under the leadership of Bishop Seitz, who has impressed me for some time by his commitment to the Social Gospel.”
Dr. Holis expressed his gratitude to the School Board of Education and looks forward to working with the Catholic School’s staff in El Paso.
“As superintendent, I will be honored to serve with El Paso’s educators in the formation of young people in academic excellence, faith formation, and character development, which has been the passion of my life,” Dr. Holis said. “I am eager to share my life’s journey with the local church of El Paso,” he ended.