May 17, 2013

Fleming named superintendent, McCoy assistant superintendent of schools

By John Shaughnessy

Known for her upbeat, dynamic approach to education, Gina Fleming has been named as the new superintendent of Catholic schools for the archdiocese.

“All of my experiences help me recognize that all children have unique gifts, and it’s our responsibility and blessing to maximize their gifts and help them reach their greatest potential,” Fleming said. “For me, the essence of Catholic schools is that we’re here for each other, and we’re following the best role model ever—and that is Jesus.”

Fleming will officially become the archdiocese’s superintendent of Catholic schools on July 1, a year after she became an assistant superintendent.

At the same time, Mary McCoy will become an assistant superintendent of Catholic schools for the archdiocese, joining Rob Rash in that role.

Fleming has been the point person for the archdiocese in the areas of curriculum, school accreditation, professional development of teachers, and government programming, including services for children and Indiana’s school voucher program.

Fleming will continue those responsibilities in her new position while also overseeing school advancement efforts, administrative personnel processes and school technology initiatives, according to Bishop Christopher J. Coyne, vicar general of the archdiocese.

“Please join me in welcoming Gina Kuntz Fleming as our new superintendent of schools, keeping her and the entire Office of Catholic Education in your prayers as they strive to serve our parishes and schools in the archdiocese to the fullest extent possible,” Bishop Coyne said in announcing the appointment.

Fleming thanked Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin, Bishop Coyne and Harry Plummer, the archdiocese’s executive director of Catholic education and faith formation, for the opportunity to help lead the 68 Catholic schools in the archdiocese.

“I am humbled and honored to serve the archdiocese in this capacity,” said Fleming, a 1989 graduate of Roncalli High School in Indianapolis and a 1993 graduate of Marian University in Indianapolis. “In partnership with so many incredible administrators, pastors, teachers, parents and community members, the possibilities for our students and our schools are endless.”

A 20-year veteran of education, Fleming served for six years as principal of Holy Name School in Beech Grove—her alma mater—before joining the archdiocesan staff. She also previously taught general education, special education and gifted education in the Warren Township school district in Indianapolis.

Her husband, Scott, is the head women’s softball coach and assistant men’s basketball coach at Marian University. They have two sons, Drew and Noah.

“My supportive family, this outstanding team of professionals with whom I work, and this beautiful faith we share are all reasons I thank God daily,” Fleming said. “My prayer is that our work for—and with—Catholic schools glorifies and honors him in all ways.”

Fleming’s team of educators will soon include McCoy, the principal of St. Philip Neri School in Indianapolis. As an assistant superintendent, McCoy will focus on the areas of school safety, instructional resources, business management and assistance in technology integration.

“It’s exciting to serve the archdiocese in this new capacity as I will be able to serve our Catholic schools in a broader way,” said McCoy, who previously taught at St. Malachy School in Brownsburg and St. Mark School and Central Catholic School, both in Indianapolis. “Being able to make an impact on not just one school, but on many schools is exciting. I look forward to being a resource for our principals and teachers.”

McCoy is a lifelong member of St. Mark the Evangelist Parish. She and her husband, Brian, have three children, Kaylee, Kyle and Keaton.

Fleming praised the gifts that McCoy will bring to Catholic education in the archdiocese.

“The combination of Mary’s refreshing attitude, expansive knowledge and diverse experience are exactly what this archdiocese needs to continue to flourish,” Fleming noted. “We could not be more excited to have Mary as part of our team.” †

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