Calgary, Alberta – Calgary Catholic School District (CCSD) Chief Superintendent Gary Strother announced his retirement effective February 29, 2020. He has been with the district for over 36 years.
“We are grateful for the leadership shown by Chief Superintendent Strother over the last eight years. The Calgary Catholic School District has become an increasingly complex organization that has thrived in a constantly changing environment. CCSD, as a learning organization, is a leader provincially in no small part because of his vision and his efforts. More importantly, each of our students, families and staff have been given the opportunity to be the best that they can be under such strong leadership,” commented Board Chair Mary Martin.
Since Strother assumed the position of chief superintendent in 2011, the district student population has grown by almost 10 per cent, staff has grown by 500 positions and district revenues have increased by over $120 million. Over the past eight years, he has successfully led a large and complex metro district that has navigated three changes in provincial government, integrated numerous pieces of legislation that directly impact education, seen three municipal elections that brought forward new board compositions, worked through the 100-year flood event, prepared for changes in a comprehensive provincial curriculum review and worked to mitigate challenging provincial budgets. During that time, the organization has also seen the retirement of its spiritual leader Bishop Henry and the installation of Bishop McGrattan.
Chief Superintendent Strother has created a vibrant Catholic academic and spiritual climate and culture in the district. During his tenure, he has provided results-oriented leadership that has ensured the continual improvement of educational programs, effective stewardship of resources and optimal staff performance.
He will continue in his role as chief superintendent until the end of February 2020.