Alumni Hall of Fame

Dr. Luvern Gubbels, ED.D
Class of 1962

A product of Catholic schools, Luvern followed his passion for Catholic education. After graduating from St. John Vianney Seminary in 1964, he earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Conception Seminary in Conception, Mo.
He began his career teaching at his hometown school in Randolph, NE at St. Francis de Chantel Catholic Grade School. He also taught at Archbishop Rummel High School in Omaha before earning a master’s degree in administration and a specialist degree in education from the University of Nebraska – Omaha. He earned his doctorate in administration, curriculum and administration from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln in 1987. He served as coordinator for Catholic Southeast School, principal of St. Robert Bellarmine Grade School and principal of Holy Name School (pre-K- 12), all in Omaha. He served as the director of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Winona, Minn. before moving to Des Moines. He has served as the Superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Des Moines, IA since 1996. Additionally, Luvern has served on a variety of Board of Directors in Des Moines and Omaha and is a member of the National Catholic Education Association and Chief Administrators of Catholic Education
Dr. Gubbels will be retiring at the end of this academic year and plans to find ways to continue to serve in Catholic education in Omaha. He and his wife, Joyce, reside in the Omaha area. They have two sons, a daughter on-law and one granddaughter.