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Kapaun Mount Carmel president Mike Burrus to retire

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at 11:51 a.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at 12:17 p.m.

Mike Burrus, president of Kapaun Mount Carmel Catholic High School in Wichita, announced Wednesday that he will retire at the end of this school year.

A search committee is being formed to seek his replacement.

“Mike has done an outstanding job as president,” said Bob Voboril, superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Wichita.

“He has taken Kapaun Mount Carmel to new heights. It is, today, an exceptional high school, and he deserves much of the credit for his leadership.”

Burrus, 57, assumed the newly-formed position of president nearly 12 years ago. Before that he was head of Cox Communications Inc. in Wichita. He had spent 19 years with Cox and its predecessor, Multimedia Cablevision.

In a news release Wednesday, Burrus said he made a 10-year commitment to Bishops Eugene Gerber and Thomas Olmsted when he became president of Kapaun.

He said he plans to support the school’s principal, Chris Bloomer, through this school year and assist his successor through the transition.

“Working with our young people and their parents, our pastors, our faculty, and our staff in pursuing our mission to educate and form the total person in the image of Jesus Christ has truly been a blessing and a privilege,” Burrus said. “My love of KMC will last for the rest of my life.”

Burrus and his wife, Kathy, graduated from Kapaun, as did their four children. The couple have three grandchildren and plan to continue living in Wichita, according to Wednesday’s announcement.

Voboril said he hopes the search committee will recommend a successor by February.

“I’d dearly love to have (Mike) stay for the next 75 years,” he said. “He’s a wonderful Catholic gentleman and has been an outstanding leader.”

Reach Suzanne Perez Tobias at 316-268-6567 or stobias@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @SuzanneTobias.

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