Mount Marty College Names Interim President
Effective today Dr. Thomas Lorang will begin as the interim President at Mount Marty College. He will take the reins as the College looks for a successor to Dr. Joseph Benoit who announced his resignation on May 19. Lorang, most recently the superintendent for the Sioux Falls Catholic School System, is set to retire on June 30, 2014 from that position. Until that date Lorang will work on a part time basis in Yankton at the MMC campus.
Lorang, a native of Hartford, SD, started his early career in Yankton, SD as a guidance counselor and coach. After serving twelve years there he took a position at O'Gorman in 1978. In 1979, Lorang, a vice-principal at the time, was chosen as O'Gorman's first ever lay principal and in 1991 was named the superintendent of the Sioux Falls Catholic Schools. He has served in that capacity for the past thirty-six years.
He graduated in 1966 with bachelor of history and English degrees from Dakota State College, received a master's degree in guidance counseling from the University of South Dakota in 1969, an education specialist degree in education psychology from USD in 1979, and a doctorate degree in in administration from USD in 1987. The model with which he has structured the SFCSS is one of the nation's most studied Catholic school models.
Lorang currently resides in Sioux Falls, SD with his wife, Penny. He has one daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Josh Parra, Omaha; grandchildren: Josh and twins, Ally and Adam.