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November 20, 2017   •   VOL. 55, NO. 20   •   Oakland, CA
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Stephen Wilcox

Stephen Wilcox, president of the nonprofit Wilcox Family Foundation, has been named chancellor of the Diocese of Oakland.

"Steve will bring a passion for the faith and a commitment to organizational effectiveness to our diocesan services," Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, said in a statement announcing Wilcox's appointment, which was effective Nov. 16. "I am grateful for his willingness to serve in this capacity for our local Church."

As chancellor, Wilcox will oversee the offices of Catholic Youth Organization, Communications, Faith Formation and Evangelization and Mission Advancement, as well as the Diocesan Review Board and Archives.

"I am humbled by the opportunity to assist Bishop Barber, the clergy and lay leaders achieve their mission for the Church here in the Oakland diocese," Wilcox said.

Wilcox will also serve as Bishop Barber's liaison to Catholic schools and Catholic Charities of the East Bay, serve on the Bishop's Administrative Council and lead special projects as directed by Bishop Barber.

The latest special project Wilcox directed for the bishop was to serve as chair of the Founders Circle of Cristo Rey East Bay High School, which has become Cristo Rey De La Salle East Bay High School St. Elizabeth campus. The high school is set to open for the 2018-19 school year.

When the plan for the school was approved, Wilcox let the bishop know. "I wrote to him and said, we got approval, congratulations. When I get back, you're going to have to give me my next assignment."

Previously, Wilcox volunteered to serve as interim CEO of Catholic Charities of the East Bay from September 2013 to May 2014. He had served on CCEB's board since 2006 and as its chair since 2012.

As chancellor, Wilcox said he expects to implement initiatives the bishop brings to him.

He will also oversee five departments. "My strength as a supervisor, when I was an executive, was recognizing and utilizing the talents of the people who worked for me," Wilcox said. "I'm going to use the first few months to get to know those people and get to understand their gifts before making any changes."

He said there would be no change in the Victims Assistance Ministry, which deals with clergy abuse cases and is overseen by the chancellor's office.

Wilcox is the first layman to serve as chancellor of the Diocese of Oakland. In his statement announcing the appointment, Bishop Barber expressed gratitude to Very Rev. Robert Herbst, OFM Conv., who served as interim chancellor. Father Herbst will continue as judicial vicar and vicar for religious.

Wilcox and his wife Margaret (Peg) are parishioners of St. Joan of Arc in San Ramon and have three adult sons. Wilcox, a retired senior executive of Accenture, LLP, worked for the technology outsourcing company for 28 years, serving for several years as the lead executive of one of Accenture's largest global accounts.

He serves on several nonprofit boards and committees, including the board of the Red Cloud Indian School in Pine Ridge, South Dakota; the Covenant House California; the Cristo Rey De La Salle East Bay High School; and the board of Emergency Management Services International, based in Culpeper, Virginia.

Wilcox invites public inquiries to him at swilcox@oakdiocese.org or 510-267-8334. "I'm happy to take calls and questions," he said.

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