The Billings Catholic Schools Board on Wednesday unanimously elected Craig Barthel on Wednesday as its chairman.
Barthel joined the board in 2008 and has served as its co-chair for the past two years, on its early childhood education task force and on several other committees and task forces.
"No major changes with me being the chair," Barthel said. "I really just want to continue doing what our past chairs have done, and that's making the school the best that it can be."
The board elected him to a one-year term at its scheduled bi-monthly meeting.
He replaces outgoing Chairwoman Rita Turley. She served two terms as board chair beginning in 2009.
"I just want to thank Rita for serving not one but two terms as our chair," Barthel said, which elicited a round of applause from the board.
Turley will remain on the board for at least one year as a past chair, which is a required position on the board.
The 11-member board also unanimously elected Rod Souza as vice chair. He joined the board in 2010.
In other board news, Dulcey Eubank, the school system's business manager, reported that there are 944 students enrolled in preschool through 12th grade this year, which is 96.7 percent of what officials had projected for the year.