A former Holy Spirit principal has been named the school system’s incoming superintendent.

Ken Sampson, who served as principal at Assumption school in Lethbridge and St. Mary’s in Taber, will succeed Chris Smeaton next January.

Smeaton will be retiring after 16 years as superintendent and chief executive officer of the Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Separate Regional Division, 10 of those years as superintendent.

Sampson is currently deputy superintendent, responsible for human resources and administrative services for the Livingstone Range School Division, based in Fort Macleod

Sampson was selected from a group of impressive candidates, reports school board chair Judy Lane.

“His values, work ethic and commitment to student success will unquestionably build on the current strengths of the Holy Spirit Catholic School Division.”

A 1986 graduate of Acadia University in Wolfville, N.S., Sampson has worked in education for the past 33 years. He began his teaching career with Catholic schools in Calgary, followed by further teaching and school-based administration with the Bahamas Catholic School Board.

Returning to Canada, he served the Holy Spirit division in a variety of leadership capacities from 2007 until 2015.

“I am both honoured and excited about the opportunity to return to the Holy Spirit family,” Sampson says.

“I’m also looking forward to the transition time with current administration and working closely with the dedicated board of trustees and a hard-working staff to further the great work that has been undertaken by the division over the past years to collectively support student learning.”

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