Cardinal Dolan has extended the search process for the new superintendent of schools for the archdiocese into the 2019-2020 academic year.
Michael Deegan, who was named interim superintendent of schools in April, will continue to serve in that position until the search concludes and the position is filled.
The former superintendent of schools for the archdiocese, Dr. Timothy J. McNiff, recently retired after more than a decade of service.
Cardinal Dolan, in a letter to members of the superintendent of schools search committee, with whom he is scheduled to meet in September, said, “…we are blessed to have the steady hand of Mr. Michael J. Deegan guiding our system absent a long-term superintendent being in place.”
Deegan, who has served as deputy superintendent of schools for the archdiocese since 2013, has been involved in Catholic education in the archdiocese for more than 40 years, including as teacher, principal and headmaster.
In 2004, Cardinal Edward Egan appointed him director of Inner City Schools to work with the 122 elementary and secondary inner-schools of the archdiocese.
Deegan holds a bachelor’s degree in English and theology from Iona College, New Rochelle, and a master’s in science education in special education from the College of New Rochelle. He also completed post-graduate work in educational administration from Manhattan College and Fordham University.