Cincinnati educator named to lead Chicago Catholic Schools

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CHICAGO (AP) — A Cincinnati school administrator has been hired to lead Chicago Catholic Schools, the nation's largest private school system.

Archbishop Blase Cupich announced Thursday the appointment of Jim Rigg, superintendent for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Catholic Schools.

In Chicago, Rigg will oversee the 230 Catholic schools in the archdiocese. The schools serve nearly 83,000 students. Cupich says Rigg has experience managing a diverse school system and "a deep commitment" to Catholic education.

In December, the Archdiocese of Chicago announced that Sister Mary Paul McCaughey was stepping down as superintendent to take a new role advocating for Catholic schools in the Legislature.

Rigg is expected to start work in Chicago on Oct. 5.

Cincinnati Archbishop Dennis Schnurr calls Rigg "exceptional educational leader."