On behalf of the MCC Board of Trustees, it is my pleasure to introduce the next President of Muskegon Catholic Central, Mr. Ken Rasp.
After conducting an extensive search for Rob Bridges' replacement, we could not be more excited to have Ken join our team!
An accomplished professional in Catholic Education, Ken has been Director of Owensboro Catholic Schools ("OCS"), a consolidated system of four Catholic schools in Owensboro, Kentucky since 2005. He has resigned his position there and he will officially begin at MCC on July 1, 2016. Ken and his wife, Kathy will be attending this year's Rainbow Auction on April 30. Ken is a collaborative leader and will be looking for input from all of MCC's stakeholders as we embark on the next phase of MCC's storied history.
His list of professional achievements are extensive. During his tenure at OCS, Mr. Rasp was able to increase enrollment in a similar economic environment to the greater Muskegon area, using both traditional techniques as well as innovative methods for marketing and recruitment. He raised student achievement scores to consistently lead the area, automated OCS' student information and accounting system, led a capital campaign for facilities updates, was active in scholarship/grant assignment, developed and executed OCS' strategic plan, all while maintaining a Christ-centered Catholic culture.
Ken is active in several national Catholic education professional associations, committees, and conferences, and has led regional "best practice" conferences of Catholic school leaders. He has presented at numerous conferences and collaborative seminars, and is always looking for innovative ways to make Catholic education accessible and desirable for all.
Prior to his time at OCS, Ken held several ascending positions in college and university admissions and recruitment, including Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Kentucky Wesleyan College, and Dean of Undergraduate Enrollment Services at Immaculata University, among others.
Ken and his wife Kathy are active and contributing members of their community as well, including local commercial and service societies. Kathy will miss her job as executive assistant to the Bishop of Owensboro, Most Rev. William Francis Medley, and they are looking forward to forging new relationships in the greater Muskegon and Northern Ottawa County communities.
Ken and Kathy are recent "empty nesters", blessed with three grown children: son Sam (22), daughter Erin (27) and her husband Jak, and son Ben (30) and wife Carrie, and one grandchild, Millie. As if that isn't enough, Ken is an Eagle Scout!
As always feel free to contact me or any other Trustees with any questions or concerns you may have on this process. More information about Ken will be forthcoming soon in this space, but in the meantime, please join me in welcoming Ken to the Muskegon Catholic family!
Yours in Christ,
Andy Riegler - President, MCC Board of Trustees.