Dominic Massa / Eyewitness News
NEW ORLEANS - St. Augustine High School has named Oyd Craddock, a 1976 graduate of the school, as its next president and chief executive officer, the school's board of directors announced Wednesday.
Craddock's appointment comes nearly six months after the resignation of the all-male high school’s first female president, Karen Collins. She stepped down in February after eight months on the job.
Craddock is the second alumnus to join the school administration in recent months. John Charles, a 1971 graduate, was named principal of the high school back in March.
Their appointments follow more than a year of tumult at the historic 7th Ward school, which saw a struggle between the Archdiocese of New Orleans, the Josephite order of priests who own the school, and the school's former president, Father John Raphael, over the tradition of using the paddle to discipline students. Raphael was reassigned as a result.
As for Craddock, according to a school news release, he spent 31 years at the IBM Corporation, where he held executive roles in sales, marketing and operations.
He is a graduate of Southern Illinois University, in Carbondale, Ill., where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. He received his MBA from Tulane University.
During the course of his IBM career, Craddock also spent thirteen years consulting school administrators and teachers on technology solutions designed to improve student learning outcomes and staff productivity, St. Augustine officials said.
Craddock’s wife, Annette Fortuné Craddock, is a 25-year educator with experience in teaching, administration and leadership. They have two children.