St. Augustine names new president

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – St. Augustine High School ended a five-month nationwide search to replace outgoing president Oyd Craddock today when it named Dr. Kenneth St. Charles as the school’s next president.

St. Charles will take the reins on Dec. 1, when Craddock steps aside after leading the school for four years.

Dr. Kenneth St. Charles. Photo by Irving Johnson III

Dr. Kenneth St. Charles. Photo by Irving Johnson III

“Dr. St. Charles possesses the strategic vision, fundraising expertise and firm commitment to ensuring that current and future students receive the educational experience and opportunities that will guarantee their future success,” said Justin Augustine, chairman of St. Augustine’s Board of Directors. “We conducted a national search and Dr. St. Charles stood out as uniquely qualified to lead St. Aug at this critical time in our proud history. His education background, knowledge of the New Orleans scene, business and leadership skills, including his military experience, has contributed to his being ready for this opportunity to lead our community of faculty, staff, alumni, and most importantly students. I look forward to working with Dr. St. Charles and ask that the St. Augustine family join me in welcoming him.”

A 1981 graduate of St. Aug, St. Charles will become only the sixth president in the school’s 65-year history.

As News with a Twist co-host LBJ found out in August, generations of St. Aug students have benefited from the predominantly African-American school’s strong sense of community and dedication to educating future leaders, even at a time when the surrounding community was much less accepting.

Take a look at LBJ’s report on St. Aug’s first 65 years and the promise of excellence that school leaders continue to deliver today: