DETROIT -

Brian Doughtery, who resigned as superintendent at the troubled Pontiac School District last month, has been named superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Detroit.

As superintendent, Dr. Dougherty will head the Office for Catholic Schools.

Dougherty succeeds Kimberly Young, who has served as interim superintendent since August 2012 and who will resume her prior responsibilities as an associate superintendent.

District leaders and Daughtery commented on the announcement in a news release on Wednesday.

“I am confident that with his leadership, vision and energy as a Catholic educator, Dr. Dougherty will bring a solid direction to our Catholic Schools as we move forward into the New Evangelization,” said Bishop Arturo Cepeda. “I also am grateful for Kimberly Young’s service as interim superintendent, and am very glad that she continues to be a part of our team. She has done a marvelous job moving us forward in our strategic planning and her leadership has been wonderful as we build community among our Catholic schools.”

 “I am grateful and humbled for the opportunity to serve as superintendent for the Archdiocese of Detroit, and look forward to working with Bishop Cepeda and Archbishop Vigneron,” Dougherty said. “It will be my first responsibilities to ensure that our Catholic schools have a strong Catholic identity, and to support and promote the values, direction and goals of the Office for Catholic Schools.”

The news release from the diocese says the Archdiocese of Detroit’s Office for Catholic Schools provides resources and support for 96 Catholic grade schools and high schools in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, St. Clair and Lapeer counties. More than 30,000 students attend the area’s 72 Catholic grade schools and 24 Catholic high schools.