After months with different individuals serving on an interim basis, the Leavenworth Regional Catholic Schools have a new permanent director.
Aaron Hund started July 8 as the president for the school system that includes both Xavier Preschool, the kindergarten through eighth-grade Xavier Catholic School and Immaculata High School.
“He will be over all of the schools,” said Jani Christoffersen, who had been serving as the system's most recent interim president.
The system's former permanent president, Barbara Fitzgerald, left at the beginning of the year for a new position at the Command and General Staff College Foundation. Xavier Catholic School Principal Karen Davis filled in until June.
Hund said he is a Leavenworth County native and a graduate of Leavenworth Catholic schools, having received his diploma from Immaculata High School in 1992. He also graduated from Kansas State University in 1996 with a bachelor of science degree. He said had previously served as the director of major gift development with the K-State Foundation. His most recent job was as an agent with Shelter Insurance, he said.
But Hund said he is excited to take on the new role.
“Obviously I'm passionate about our Catholic school system here in Leavenworth,” he said, with a daughter about to enter sixth grade at Xavier.
Hund said he wants to take his own experience with the schools into the new position.
“It's that foundation of faith. I see how it's impacted me in my life and some of the opportunities that I've had,” he said. “I know the value of it, so it just made me eager to move into this job.”
In the short term, Hund said his focus will be on increasing enrollment at the system's schools. In the long term, he said he would like for the system to be able to sustain its enrollment and expand on existing opportunities.
“We have openings,” he said. “We feel it's a good opportunity for families.”