Eau Claire Regis Catholic HS denies president not hired because he is gay
A day after Regis Catholic Schools announced Tim Nelson would not become its next president, he charged that Regis officials pulled the job offer based on speculation he may be gay.continue at EC LT
Nelson, 48, who was announced April 4 as the choice to lead the local private school system, said Friday he was "flabbergasted" when system officials informed him nearly three weeks later they intended to revoke his contract because of concerns about his sexual orientation.
"The whole thing is based on assumptions, innuendo and speculation," an obviously upset Nelson said by telephone from New Mexico, where he has worked as supervising principal of a group of American Indian community schools for the past eight years.
Regis denied the allegations Friday in a statement.
"Regis Catholic Schools denies that any assumptions, insinuations or speculation played a part in its decision to not hire Mr. Nelson," the statement said. "Furthermore, Regis Catholic Schools categorically denies that sexual orientation was a part in its decision. Mr. Nelson's speculation is unfounded and untrue."
This is a couple weeks ago now. Haven't seen anything since. In some places, bishops are threatened with jail for things like this.
Interesting, it was only a month ago that Nelson was already named president....
Regis Catholic Schools announced Thursday that Tim Nelson will be the next president of Regis Catholic Schools starting July 1st, 2013. A Regis alumnus, Tim grew up in Eau Claire and is looking forward to providing leadership that will build upon the system's recent growth and success. Tim Nelson commented, "I am honored to be offered the role as President of Regis Catholic Schools. Many years ago the area Catholic schools offered me an excellent education and a firm grounding in my Catholic Faith. Now, I look forward to giving back to the schools that provided me with a strong foundation."
RCS Pastoral Dean Father Konopa commented, "We are very excited that Tim Nelson has accepted the position of RCS President. In addition to his close ties to our Catholic schools, Tim's experience in teaching and administration - both in Catholic schools and public schools - makes him an excellent choice to lead the Regis Catholic Schools system."