JoEllen Lindner has been named interim president of the Aberdeen Catholic School System.
Roncalli School Board President Rick Kline announced the news during the all-schools Mass Wednesday afternoon.
Lindner, 47, has resigned from her post as vice president for enrollment at Presentation College. Her last day at PC is Feb. 15, and she will begin her duties with Roncalli schools around Feb. 18.
"It's an opportunity for me to share my expertise with them and an opportunity for me to learn about an organization that has a very rich history," she said.
Lindner attended Holy Rosary School in Kranzburg, and her parents both worked in the Catholic school system.
"It's been an integral part of my family's life for a long time," she said. Her career in Catholic education began when she started working in the enrollment services department at Mount Marty College after working in radio news.
In 2002, she was hired as the dean of advancement at Presentation College. One year later, she became the vice president for enrollment.
She also brings her experience in marketing. She formerly worked for the Yankton Chamber of Commerce.
"We are really excited as a school board to have someone with her qualifications agree to be our interim president," Kline said.
He said the board was looking to fill the position as quickly as possible after the resignation of Jim Hamburge, school system president, on Jan. 9.
The bishop of the Sioux Falls diocese makes final hiring decisions when it comes to Catholic schools.
Approval was received by the school Wednesday morning.
A parish member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Lindner said the move felt right.
"I'm coming from one faith-based, mission-driven institution to another," she said. "I think it's providence and that there is something out there that is calling me to use what I've learned throughout the years."
She said PC's involvement with the Aberdeen Catholic School System has helped her get familiarized with the district through the years.
"I really want to sit down and make an outline of the things I want to do this school year," she said. "I want to meet the people I don't know, get to know the students and listen to the families."
The search for a permanent president will be conducted by Dakota Educational Consulting. A contract was signed Wednesday afternoon, Kline said.