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Crist To Head Syracuse Diocese Schools

OSWEGO, NY – Former Oswego City School District Superintendent Bill Crist will take over as superintendent of the Syracuse Diocesan schools early next spring.

Crist retired from his post in Oswego at the end of the last school year.

He will begin his duties for the Syracuse Diocese in March.

There are approximately 5,000 students in the Catholic schools across seven counties in the diocese.

Crist is currently interim superintendent for the Massena Central School District.

“I’ll still be a superintendent,” he told Oswego County Today. “It’s just a lot larger district. There are 22 schools. There are schools from Oswego to Binghamton and several in between as well as Syracuse itself.”

He said he will fulfill his commitment to the Massena district before officially moving into his new post on March 10.

“It’s a lot of responsibility. I am looking forward to the challenge,” he said. “I have a lot of respect for the Syracuse Diocese and the schools.”

Crist has spent his entire career in public education. Working for the Syracuse Diocese will a bit different, he admits.

“It’ll be great. There will be a learning curve, that’s for sure,” he said. The diocese and the bishop have been very helpful and supportive. I’m really humbled by that.”

Crist’s appointment as Oswego superintendent was made at the beginning of the December 9, 2008, Oswego City School District Board of Education meeting in Minetto. The board members unanimously appointed Crist to replace David Fischer who had retired from the district that June.

He is a 1976 graduate of Oswego High School and 26-year school district employee. He was a music teacher in the district, served as instrumental team leader and director of the Marching Buccaneers Band. He was also an assistant principal at Oswego Middle School before moving on to director of personnel and was assistant superintendent for personnel and human resources.

Crist had served as acting superintendent following the resignation of former superintendent David Fischer, who left Oswego for a job in Massachusetts.

Bishop Cunningham Appoints New Superintendent of Catholic Schools
09/24/2013 – Syracuse, NY – Bishop Robert J. Cunningham is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. William W. Crist as the new Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Syracuse. The Diocese of Syracuse is comprised of 22 schools in its seven county area with more than 5,000 students Pre-K-12.

Mr. Crist comes to the diocese with a career history in education of 31 years.  Since August, he has been the Interim Superintendent of Schools for the Massena Central School District.  Prior to that Mr. Crist was Superintendent of Schools for the Oswego City School District since 2008, and Assistant Superintendent prior to that time, since 2004.

Mr. Crist is a graduate of Ithaca College with a Master of Music Education Degree; the State University of New York with a Certificate of Advanced Study – Educational Administration; Cornell University with a Certificate in Labor Relations and the State University of New York having completed the Superintendent Development Program of Studies.

William and his family are active Catholics and members of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Minetto.

“I eagerly anticipate the challenges and experiences associated with transitioning to the Roman Catholic educational program and sharing my instructional leadership and Catholic faith with professionals, parishioners, parents and children,” states Mr. Crist.

Bishop Cunningham reflects, “I am most pleased to welcome Bill Crist as our new Superintendent of Catholic Schools and am very happy that he has accepted our invitation to join us.  I am also most grateful to the Search Committee who prayerfully and professionally considered each of the 12 applicants.”

Mr. Crist will begin his new post on March 10, 2014, in order to complete his current responsibilities.