GRACE names Father Dane Radecki as president
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GREEN BAY, WI (July 16, 2012) Based on the recommendation of the Board of Trustees of the Green Bay Area Catholic Education System (GRACE), the Board of Directors announced today that Father Dane Radecki, O. Praem., will be the new president of GRACE, effective August 1, 2012. He replaces Allan Patek, who has served the GRACE system in various roles during its implementation.
Father Radecki, a member of St. Norbert Abbey, has served in several positions of Catholic educational leadership for 25 years. He was the first president of Notre Dame de la Baie Academy (NDA), the first vice president of Mission & Heritage at St. Norbert College, and a planning consultant in the Office of Catholic Education for the Archdiocese of Chicago. In 2010, he became president emeritus of NDA and pastor of St. Agnes Parish, Green Bay. Father Radecki is a past member of the Bishop’s Presbyteral Council and Unity Hospice’s Development Council. He is currently a member of the Catholic High School Foundation.
”Father Radecki brings an outstanding set of skills and experience to the presidency of GRACE,” Bishop David L. Ricken said. “His past experience as pastor of St. Agnes gives him a unique perspective, which will help him as he assists the parishes and schools to work closely together to achieve the spiritual and educational goals of GRACE.”
In assuming the role of president, Father Radecki said, “Our area is blessed to have the choice of Catholic schools where dedicated staff model the great importance of integrating faith in God with knowledge. Each of our Catholic schools represents a special community where individualized learning, personal attention and quality academics are evident. I hope to extend this strong tradition through advancements in technology and global education. We also need to develop the resources to enable our growing, diverse cultures to have access to our excellent Catholic schools.”
The transfer of leadership at GRACE has the full support of the Board of Directors, the Board of Trustees and the Norbertine community. The Board of Directors and the Board of Trustees recognize the good work that Mr. Patek accomplished during his tenure and are grateful for Mr. Patek’s assistance in the transition.
The Green Bay Area Catholic Education (GRACE) system is a collaborative school ministry of the 23 Green Bay area Catholic parishes, GRACE was formed in 2008 to provide affordable, high quality Catholic early childhood, elementary and middle-school education. It serves 2530 students at ten neighborhood school sites located throughout the Green Bay area. The GRACE system employs over 250 people with total annual community investment of $10.5 million.