University of San Francisco Welcomes New Director of the Institute for Catholic Educational Leadership

SAN FRANCISCO — (Sept. 2, 2011) The University of San Francisco proudly welcomes a new director of its Institute for Catholic Educational Leadership (ICEL), Rev. Stephen Katsouros, S.J. As Director of ICEL, Fr. Katsouros will lead the program in its pursuit to provide unique and significant contributions to Catholic and private education.

“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 at the University of San Francisco. “We welcome such an esteemed Jesuit, grounded in the tradition of Catholic education, who possess a national vision and practical perspective on advancing Catholic schools.”

Fr. Katsouros, who has a strong background in private and Jesuit education, served as president at New York’s Loyola School for the past nine years. Loyola School is the only Jesuit, independent, and co-ed college preparatory secondary school in the Tri-State Region. Born in Washington, D.C., Fr. Katsouros earned his master's degree in administration at Harvard University and his doctorate in education from Teacher’s College at Columbia University, where his research focused on the characteristics of effective, high-performing boards of trustees. He entered the Society of Jesus 1987 and was ordained a Jesuit priest in 1998. Since ordination, Fr. Katsouros has been assigned to many leadership positions and has served on several boards, including serving as president of the Guild of Independent Schools of New York City.

 “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 education.”

Reflecting on his goals, Fr. Katsouros said he intends to use his new role to analyze the current landscape of Catholic education, and use that knowledge to identify and create new courses that meet those needs. Building on the rich 35-year history of ICEL, Fr. Katsouros hopes to continue to provide community and support for Catholic educators in the Bay Area and beyond.

Founded within the USF School of Education in 1976, ICEL’s mission is threefold: to offer a scholarly educational program relevant for Catholic and private school personnel, to build a sense of community among the students and faculty who pray together and serve others, and to prepare highly competent, effective, and dedicated educators for Catholic and private schools. Currently, the program includes 31 doctoral and 36 master’s degree students. ICEL has a strong international student population, with students from Guam, Italy, Nigeria, Australia, India, Colombia, and Ivory Coast pursuing degrees with the program.

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