Diocese of Pittsburgh names acting education secretary

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Michael Latusek, superintendent of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Pittsburgh, has been named acting secretary for Catholic education in the diocese, replacing Robert Paserba, who is retiring at the end of this year.

In making the announcement in a news release today, Bishop David Zubik said, "Dr. Latusek has confirmed in every way possible his commitment to Catholic education. He has brought to his service the professional skills of an educator, combined with very strong elements of faith formation. His leadership, his faithfulness and his devotion to Catholic education have gained great admiration throughout the diocese. I share in that admiration.”

Instead of fulfilling the day-to-date duties of secretary, Mr. Paserba, who was superintendent for many years before being named secretary last year, will focus on completing major projects, including teacher labor negotiations.

Mr. Latusek previously was a classroom teacher and principal in the Wilkinsburg School District; principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent in the Bethel Park School District; and superintendent in the Elizabeth Forward District. He also consulted for the Shaler Area School District.

He holds a doctorate in education from Duquesne University.

Education writer Eleanor Chute: echute@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1955.

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