June 30, 2011
hosted the 13th Annual Catholic Schools Principals' Institute
conference at the University's D'Angelo Center located on its
Queens campus on Wednesday, June 29. The event was sponsored
by William H. Sadlier, Inc. and the School of Education at St.
Principals of Catholic elementary and high schools in the New
York Metropolitan Area and Upstate New York totaling 115
participants attended this half-day conference titled: "The
Principal as Entrepreneur in the 21st Century," to discuss
important ethics, topics and practices that principals face in
Catholic Education today.
In his welcome address, Jerrold Ross, Ph.D., Dean of the School
of Education at St. John's University, told the group of
administrators that "they are the people who speak for the
incredible value of Catholic education and that is why this
Institute is enormously important and why we need to discuss the
challenging issues that education in our society faces
Bishop O'Connell, C.M., the former President of the Catholic
University of America, spent his career as a Catholic educator in
both faculty and administrative roles and shared advice on the
skills he believes it takes to be a successful leader, and some of
the hurdles that Catholic schools are facing today.
(Catholic educators) are facing a lot of difficulties and
challenges, but I don't believe they are insurmountable. I believe
they are necessary and we have to face them head on and with
courage and with strength," Bishop O'Connell, C.M. said.
"Because I believe that Catholic schools are the hope of the
His talk focused on three important keys, identity, mission and
leadership, which must be aligned to ensure success in Catholic
schools. The role of the administrator, Bishop O'Connell
said, is to understand and believe in the Catholic identity of the
schools, and to see its mission supported by that Catholic identity
and to always strive for excellence.
Bishop O'Connell, C.M. also entertained questions in a lively
discussion with principals after his one-hour address and, while
admitting that the plight of Catholic Education is in great peril,
he refuses to give up hope. That hope is the catalyst for his
life’s work and new calling as Bishop of Trenton (the 12th largest
Catholic diocese in the United States).
Sr. Carol Cimino, SSJ, Ed.D. discussed the role of the Catholic
school Principal during a guest lecture. Sr. Cimino is a
national consultant for William H. Sadlier, Inc. and has been a
teacher and an administrator on all levels of Catholic
education. A panel discussion and luncheon closed the
For more information about the 13th Annual Catholic Schools
Principals' Institute contact Madeline Larsen at (718) 990-2577 or
e-mail inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Media interested in covering the conference can contact Dominic
Scianna, Assistant Vice President for Media Relations, by calling
(718) 990-6185 or e-mail inquiries to email@example.com.