January 13, 2006

New year brings changes to Criterion
and communications staff

Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein has announced several changes in the leadership of The Criterion and the archdiocese’s Secretariat for Communications.

William R. Bruns
, executive director of the Secretariat for Communications and associate publisher of The Criterion, will retire on March 30.

Greg Otolski, editor of The Criterion, will succeed Bruns as executive director of the communications secretariat and as associate publisher. Otolski also will serve as director of communications for the archdiocese, succeeding Susan C. Borcherts, who relocated to South Carolina earlier this year.

Michael Krokos, assistant editor of The Herald Bulletin, the daily newspaper in Anderson, Ind., has been named editor of The Criterion, effective immediately.

John Shaughnessy
, a former reporter for The Indianapolis Star, has been hired as the assistant editor of The Criterion.

Brandon A. Evans, a reporter for The Criterion since 2001, has been promoted to archdiocesan Web site manager, a new position. Evans also is editor of the online edition of The Criterion.

Bruns, a member of St. Barnabas Parish in Indianapolis, has worked for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis since 1994, when he was hired as director of stewardship education/director of publications following his retirement from a 26-year career in communications at Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis.

Bruns was appointed executive director for communications for the archdiocese in 1994. He was named executive editor of The Criterion in 1997, and in 1998 he was promoted to secretary for communications while retaining the executive editor position.

Otolski, who previously was business editor of The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky., was hired as managing editor of The Criterion in 1999. He was named editor of the archdiocese’s weekly newspaper in 2003.

Krokos, a member of St. Louis de Montfort Parish in Fishers, Ind., in the Lafayette Diocese, is the former

editor of two Catholic newspapers: The Catholic Spirit, of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, from 1998 to 2004, and The Catholic News & Herald, the newspaper of the Diocese of Charlotte, from 1996 to 1998.

Krokos also was managing editor of The Highlander in Highlands, N.C., and editor of The Crossroads Chronicle in Cashiers, N.C., from 1994 to 1996 and editor of The People-Sentinel in Barnwell, S.C., from 1987 to 1994.

Shaughnessy, a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Indianapolis, was a reporter and columnist at The Indianapolis Star since 1981.

Shaughnessy also was a member of the board of regents of Bishop Chatard High School in Indianapolis from 1997 to 2003. He has been a longtime volunteer coach with the Catholic Youth Organization and has served as a volunteer with the St. Vincent de Paul

Evans, a member of Holy Rosary Parish in Indianapolis, covered education, social service issues, and stewardship and development stories for The Criterion for the past five years. Evans created
The Criterion Online Edition, which launched on Jan. 13, 2005, and has been editing and updating the site since. He is currently redesigning the archdiocese’s Web site—www.archindy.org.†


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