Sister Carol Cimino, a national consultant, college professor and author, has been named the new superintendant of Buffalo Catholic Schools.

Bishop Richard J. Malone will introduce his selection of the new schools chief Thursday at the annual Catholic Schools dinner, “Making a Difference Dinner – A Celebration of Catholic Schools,” which will be held in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

“Sister Carol’s credentials are impeccable,” Malone said. “She brings to our Catholic schools a breadth of experience that will play an important role as we continue to focus on the faith formation and high academic achievement of our students. She has a deep commitment to the mission of Catholic schools, and knows and understands the importance of Catholic identity.”

Cimino’s official start date is June 1, but she is expected to make several visits to the diocese prior to then.

She succeeds Dr. Rosemary Henry, who resigned in September 2012 to pursue a teaching opportunity in Ecuador.

A native of Rochester, Cimino has presented workshops across the country on marketing, school board and council development and strategic planning. Her book, “Ensuring a Future Full of Hope,” has been used by parent groups and boards to assist in recruitment efforts.

Cimino is a national consultant with William H. Sadlier Publishers, an adjunct consultant with Catholic School Management, and has been an associate professor at Manhattan College since 1990.

Since 1987, she has been executive director of Catholic School Administrators Association of New York, delivering more than 1,500 workshop and training sessions all over the United States.

“The strength of our schools is their Catholic identity, and I pledge to work to maintain and enhance our Catholic identity, so that our schools will remain true gifts to the Church,” Cimino said. “I cannot be more proud to be able to serve the Catholic schools of the Diocese of Buffalo. I look forward to strengthening these schools in partnership with pastors, principals and parents, and I believe that, in working with the community, we can bring the Catholic schools to a whole new level.”

Cimino also served at several Catholic schools in Rochester.

A graduate of Nazareth College in Rochester, Cimino received a master’s degree in American history from Syracuse University, a certificate in educational administration from the University of Rochester and a doctorate in educational leadership from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.

Cimino has been extensively published, authoring “Come Gather Round,” a manual for catechists who train elementary and secondary school students; “Continuing to Ensure a Future Full of Hope,” a manual for use by Catholic schools to plan for recruitment of students; and “Lessons Learned: 10 Tips for New Principals.”

Her service includes co-director of National Catholic Education Association’s Selected Programs for Improving Catholic Education, past president of Empire State Society of Association Executives and New York State Education Commissioner’s Nonpublic School Advisory Council.