Former superintendent to head educational initiative

GENESEE COUNTY — The Diocese of Lansing has hired William K. Haley, former Superintendent of Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools (C-A), as the first Executive Director of Genesee County Catholic Schools (GCCS).

The GCCS include Powers Catholic High School in Flint, Holy Family in Grand Blanc, Holy Rosary in Flint, St. John the Evangelist in Fenton, St. John Vianney in Flint, St. Mary in Mt. Morris, St. Pius X in Flint Township, and St. Robert Bellarmine in Flushing.

Haley will help transform the eight individual schools into a more collaborative, efficient system. He will serve as the diocesan supervisor of Powers Catholic High School and will work with pastors, principals, and other key stakeholders to develop and implement collaborative systems. This new collaborative model will likely serve as a template for other regions of the Diocese of Lansing, said Fr. Steven Mattson, Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Lansing.

Hiring Haley for this newly created position is the culmination of nearly two years of evaluation, assessment, and prayerful deliberation by the pastors and other key stakeholders in Catholic education in Genesee County and the Diocese of Lansing.

“Bill Haley brings the right combination of educational experience and faith to this new position,” Fr. Mattson said. “This new position, coupled with the groundbreaking for the new campus of Powers Catholic, opens up a new vista for Catholic schools in Genesee County.”

Haley’s resignation as Superintendent of C-A is effective June 30. He will begin his duties with Genesee County Catholic Schools immediately thereafter

Haley served C-A as Superintendent since 2006. Prior to that, he was Assistant Superintendent at C-A, Principal at Elms Elementary in Flushing, and Principal at St. Robert School in Flushing. He taught religion and social studies at St. Robert, and served as a coach at both St. Robert and Powers Catholic High School.

“There are very few career opportunities that would draw me away from C-A, but with a three generation family tradition of attending and supporting Catholic schools, Carol (his wife) and I believe this is a tremendous opportunity to connect my work with the priorities of faith and family,” Haley said in his resignation letter to the C-A school district.

Haley credits his parents, both of whom are now deceased, with demonstrating that being Catholic and living the Catholic Faith were absolute priorities. Both grew up in the Flint St. Michael Parish community and attended the parish school there. —R.S.

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