Dr. Tranter named director of Strategic Initiatives for diocesan schools

FALL RIVER, Mass. — The Diocese of Fall River Catholic Schools Office (CSO) has announced that Dr. Mary Pat Tranter, President of Coyle and Cassidy High School and Middle School in Taunton, will be joining the CSO as Director of Strategic Initiatives. This new appointment takes effect on July 1.  


Reflecting on her transition Dr. Tranter shared: “Accepting this position is bittersweet for me, since Coyle and Cassidy has been my family, home and life for the past 27 years.  The greatest gift that my parents gave me, besides the gift of life, was the gift of a Catholic education. Never did I imagine when I was pursuing my Ph.D. at Harvard Medical School, that I would be called to a life of service at the very school that built the foundation for my future educational success. I strongly believe that Catholic education is a national treasure that needs to be preserved. I am humbled by the opportunity to not only work for the best interest of Coyle and Cassidy, but for all of the schools in the Diocese of Fall River.” 

In her new role, Dr. Tranter will work on a number of initiatives including the diocesan solar power initiative, providing consultation and technical assistance to Catholic school leaders to assist them with establishing effective Catholic school boards, coordinating the CSO’s review of school-based financial efficiency measures, and forming partnerships with targeted government and not-for-profit organizations to provide much-needed services for family and children.

“I want to thank Dr. Tranter for her deep commitment and service to the Coyle and Cassidy High School and Middle School community. For the past 27 years and 11 of these years as its president, Dr. Tranter has provided extraordinary leadership”, said Superintendent of Schools Steve Perla.

“A search for a new president of Coyle and Cassidy High School and Middle School will commence immediately to ensure a smooth transition,” Perla added. “We look forward to continuing to advance the mission of the school.”

For more information, please contact the Catholic Schools Office at 508-678-2828.

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