Superintendent of Catholic Schools announces departure


PROVIDENCE — Dan Ferris, Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Providence, has announced his departure from the diocese for another opportunity effective July 30.
For more than 10 years, Ferris has faithfully supported our Catholic schools and developed strong boards and school leaders. He was instrumental in navigating the pandemic to successfully keep our Catholic schools safely open. Ferris has accepted a new role as director of Accreditation and School Improvement for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, with a primary responsibility for independent schools. “Dan Ferris has been an outstanding Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Providence,” said Most Rev. Thomas J. Tobin, Bishop of Providence. “He has been personally committed to promoting the academic quality of all of our schools, while also insisting on maintaining their strong Catholic identity. He is, without a doubt, a man of the Church. I will always be grateful for his service and his personal support, and I wish him all the best going forward.”
Dan Ferris reflected on his tenure as superintendent saying, “I am immeasurably grateful to Bishop Tobin’s commitment to Catholic education and the sustainability of our schools in the diocese. It has been a pleasure to share in his ministry alongside so many gifted teachers and administrators. I leave knowing that our Catholic schools are strong academically and unwavering in the mission to bring Christ to the students entrusted to their care.”
The Diocese of Providence will conduct a national search for a new superintendent, details of which will be announced on the diocesan website and in Rhode Island Catholic newspaper.