The School of Education at the University of San Francisco
welcomes Stephen Katsouros, S.J. as the new director of the Institute for
Catholic Educational Leadership (ICEL).
A major goal of Fr. Katsouros will be to tap into the
institute’s 35-year history of preparing educators to serve Catholic and
private schools in order to analyze the Bay Area’s Catholic education needs and
use that information to expand ICEL’s course offerings.
“Jesuit founder St. Ignatius Loyola said that Jesuits should
be involved in education ‘to influence those who will influence others,’” said
Fr. Katsouros. “It is a pleasure to direct ICEL, a program of great influence
that identifies, develops, and supports the leaders and influencers of Catholic
For the past nine years, Fr. Katsouros served as president
at Loyola School in New York City, a Jesuit college preparatory high school.
Since his ordination as a Jesuit priest in 1998, he has served on several
boards, including as president of the Guild of Independent Schools of New York
Fr. Katsouros earned his doctorate in education at Columbia University, where his research focused on the characteristics of effective,
high-performing boards of trustees. He earned his master’s degree in
administration at Harvard University.
“Both through his recent research and stellar practice, Dr.
Stephen Katsouros brings a fresh perspective and a wealth of experience to
ICEL, the School of Education, and the University of San Francisco,” said Walt
Gmelch, dean of the School of Education. “We welcome such an esteemed Jesuit,
grounded in the tradition of Catholic education, who possesses a national vision
and practical perspective on advancing Catholic schools.”