DICKINSON, N.D. – Steve Glasser has been hired as the first president of Dickinson Catholic Schools (DCS), Bishop of Bismarck David Kagan announced at a press conference and all-school assembly at Trinity High School on January 31. He will assume his duties on February 21.
Glasser’s hiring completes the school system’s transition from a superintendent model of organization to a president/principal model. Glasser has ties to DCS; he spent 20 years as a teacher and coach at Trinity High School from 1986-2000, including six years as director of development from 2000-2006. He worked as director of enrollment services and executive director of the Strom Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Dickinson State University for six years until he was hired as marketing manager at American Bank Center in Dickinson in 2012.
“I am delighted that Steve has agreed to take on this new responsibility for Dickinson Catholic Schools,” said Bishop Kagan, who serves as president of the DCS Board of Education. “His love for Catholic education is deep and I am confident he will bring this same energy to our staff, faculty, students and families. I know that, alongside our faculty, he will help increase the good fruit that a truly Catholic education always produces for our Church, our students, our parish communities and the larger community.”
"I am humbled and honored to be selected as the first president of the Dickinson Catholic Schools,” Glasser commented. “I am excited to build upon the firm foundation and strong tradition of our Catholic schools and I cannot wait to begin my work of leading our schools to the next level of excellence.”
The president’s responsibilities will include providing a systemic vision for DCS, its mission orientation, and maintaining financial accountability within the school system. DCS is comprised of Trinity High School, Trinity Elementary East (located on the property of the Church of St. Wenceslaus) and Trinity Elementary West (located on the property of the Church of St. Patrick).
The president will work closely with the principals of Trinity High School, Trinity Elementary East, and Trinity Elementary West, whose management includes day-to-day discipline, policy implementation and faculty effectiveness. Under the new president/principal model, the president’s leadership will articulate priorities while the principals effectively implement those priorities each day.
"Because Mr. Glasser is so well connected to this community, I believe his passion for Catholic education will immediately propel our systemic vision for Dickinson Catholic Schools," said Monsignor Patrick Schumacher, pastor of the Church of St. Wenceslaus in Dickinson and vice president of DCS. “I also know he is looking forward to collaborating with John Odermann and the office of advancement to keep improving the education and formation we provide to our students as well as the compensation for our dedicated faculty.”
“Dickinson Catholic Schools made an excellent choice in assigning Steve Glasser the leadership role of president,” commented George Ehlis, president and CEO of American Bancor, Ltd., Glasser’s current employer. “The twenty years Steve spent in Catholic education, combined with the knowledge gained from six years in public education and his recent experiences in the private business sector, will serve him well. I am confident that Steve will gain and maintain the respect of parents, students, teachers and all our parish communities. I am excited for DCS as they embark on this new chapter in continuing the mission of educating our youth.”