Former Mount Marty College President Going To Iowa School System

Dr. Tim Barry, who most recently served as president of Mount Marty College, will now be president of St. Edmond Catholic schools in Fort Dodge, Iowa. I worked with Barry many times during his tenure in Yankton and wish him luck in this new position.

Here is a link to the story, and this is a link to the school system’s website.


April 17, 2011

By JESSE HELLING, Messenger city editor

After nearly two years of interim leadership, St. Edmond Catholic schools will have a new president for the 2011-2012 academic year.

James T. “Tim” Barry will assume the presidency on July 1.

Barry, a native of Rock Valley, most recently served as president of Mount Marty College in Yankton, S.D. – part of a career-long involvement with Catholic education, he said.

“Growing up in northwest Iowa, I am familiar with St. Edmond’s reputation,” he said.

Upon visiting St. Edmond in the runup to his accepting the position, Barry said the passion and dedication of the school’s faculty and staff are highly evident.

“It is very apparent that there is genuine concern for students,” he said.

Barry said he is also very impressed by the school’s recently developed strategic plan.

“You need a vision of where you want to go … this is a well thought out plan with goals, priorities and objectives developed,” he said.

As president, Barry said he looks forward to bringing St. Edmond forward.

“After a deliberate and purposeful search, we are pleased to have found someone of Dr. Barry’s caliber leading the mission of Catholic education at St. Edmond,” said Tim O’Tool, chairman of the St. Edmond school board, in a written statement. “Dr. Barry’s background in Catholic education, his leadership skills and his development experience will benefit St. Edmond in many ways.”

Among the objectives Barry hopes to accomplish are continued enhancement of the school’s academic quality, as well as helping grow and develop the school’s resources.

“It’s important to appreciate the dedication of parents who are sending their kids to a private school,” he said.

Maintaining positive community relations and partnerships will also be key, Barry said.

“These partnerships and relationships exist … you don’t have to invent them,” he said. “You just have to enhance them.”

Barry, who will move to Fort Dodge with his wife Ronda later this year, said he’s looking forward to fully becoming a part of the St. Edmond community.

“Education, I think, is the lifeblood of society,” said Barry.

Being an educator is a chance to “provide something for the common good,” he said.

Barry will succeed the interim president, Monsignor Kevin McCoy, who has filled the position since July 2009 following the resignation of Sister Delores Hannon.

McCoy is one of three priests currently serving Holy Trinity Parish, with which St. Edmond is affiliated.

Contact Jesse Helling at (515) 573-2141 or

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