Educator who resigned over same-sex relationship is promoted in new job

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An educator who departed from Totino-Grace High School after revealing he was in a same-sex relationship has been promoted to the top job at another school.

The Pioneer Press reports Bill Hudson will take over as head of school at Mounds Park Academy in July.

WCCO reports that Hudson has been working as director of advancement at the St. Paul school since last fall. He arrived at the school three weeks after departing from Totino-Grace, where he had worked for nine years.

Last June, he resigned from his position as school president at Totino-Grace after revealing to board members that he had been in a committed same-sex relationship for 18 years. At the time, the school released a statement saying Hudson's lifestyle was not consistent with the teachings of the Catholic faith.

The newspaper said Hudson called the exit a difficult time, but one that he has moved past as he has settled into his new position at Mound's Park.

"The school community's warm embrace of who I am, my partner and my children has been amazing," he said. "This really was a perfect fit for me."

Hudson says that he remains a devout Catholic, and harbors no hard feelings toward Totino-Grace.

"My story is a happy one, you know. And I’ve been able to come full circle,” he told the station. “I feel like I have this incredible debt to repay to this community for what it has let me do personally, and that just makes me want to work harder.”

He will become only the fourth head of the school, which has students from pre-K to 12th grade, in its 32-year history. Mounds Park's current Head of School Jeff Suzik will move to the University of Pittsburgh's School of Education this summer.

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