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Leadership Academy Launches

Friday, January 27, 2012

By Ryan Blackburn

The ministry of leadership in the Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of Chicago is unique. It is a call to be the faith leader, the instructional leader, and the steward of the school's vitality.

With the goal of growing leadership in Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools, the Office of Catholic Schools is forming a Leadership Academy for talented men and women who are committed to becoming an administrator in a Catholic school in the City of Chicago, and suburban Cook and Lake counties.

The Academy will launch with its 30 initial participants on February 6 with a series of workshops at the Office of Catholic Schools and at Northwestern University's Kellogg Center for Nonprofit Management. Delivering the keynote presentation on the 6th will be Harry Kraemer, former CEO of Baxter International Inc., currently a professor at the Kellogg School of Management and a member of the Archdiocese of Chicago Board of Catholic Schools. Harry's presentation will draw from his new book From Values to Action: The Four Principles of Values-Based Leadership.

Academy members will also conduct field work in local schools, and receive mentoring from the network of experienced professionals throughout the 256 Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools.

The Leadership Academy will be directed by Dr. Mary Kearney, Associate Superintendent for Catholic Schools, and facilitation will be provided by Suzanne Sullivan, a member of the Clinical Faculty at the University of Notre Dame's Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) and a former Catholic school principal of St. Francis Xavier School in Wilmette.

The Academy complements ongoing professional development partnerships with local universities, including DePaul University, Dominican University, Loyola University Chicago, and St. Xavier University.

As the largest school system in the nation, our goal remains more students in great Catholic schools, doing what we do best in service to families and the future of our world and church.

"Finding strong leaders for our Catholic schools is priority one. Building leaders builds the system. This intense and targeted program is long overdue." - Sr. Mary Paul McCaughey, O.P., Superintendent

"I am confident that the Leadership Academy will help Catholic schools attract great people to lead them and also promote professional growth and collaboration among Catholic school administrators in the Archdiocese of Chicago." - Dr. Mary Kearney, Associate Superintendent

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