The Archdiocese of San Francisco announced that Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has appointed Pamela Lyons as Superintendent of Schools, effective July 1. She replaces Dr. Nina Russo who served as interim superintendent for the past two years. Dr. Russo is retiring after seven years in Archdiocesan leadership and a 36-year career in education.
Last fall the Archbishop established a search committee under the chairmanship of Rev. Stephen H. Howell, pastor of St. Philip the Apostle Church. The committee was assisted by Carney Sandoe & Associates, a national firm that has conducted presidential searches for prominent Catholic high schools across the country. After much work the firm presented 15 candidates to the search committee for their consideration.
The committee further researched those candidates and brought six of them to the Chancery for interviews. Fulfilling their mandate, the search committee then submitted three candidates to the Archbishop. Archbishop Cordileone interviewed the three candidates and remarked that he liked them all. However, he had no difficulty in identifying Ms. Lyons as the strongest, and he looks forward to working with her.
Ms. Lyons is a graduate of St. Mary’s College in Moraga and received her graduate degree from the University of Notre Dame. After teaching in East Bay schools early in her career she spent six years working in corporate training before returning to Catholic education. Before coming to the Archdiocese she was principal of Assumption School in San Leandro for nine years. Since arriving in 2014 Ms. Lyons has been assistant and then associate superintendent of Catholic Schools.
The Superintendent of Schools works collaboratively with school pastors, principals and community leaders to maintain and improve academic rigor, school enrollment and Catholic identity and mission of Archdiocesan schools.
The Archdiocese serves nearly 25,000 students in 51 elementary and four secondary schools in Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo counties. Additionally this community includes ten Catholic secondary schools and eight Catholic elementary schools sponsored by various religious orders and congregations.