Marquette University News Release

Marquette announces new Institute for Catholic Leadership to further support Catholic K-12 education efforts

August 30, 2013

Marquette University announced it is launching a new Institute for Catholic Leadership to further support its Catholic K-12 education efforts in the Milwaukee Archdiocese, region and nation. The Institute will provide strategic support to Catholic schools and institutions in strengthening their missions, Catholic identity, leadership and governance structures.

The Institute will be led by director Thomas Kiely, who previously served as principal at Camden Catholic High School in Cherry Hill, N.J., since 2004. He also served as a member of the faculty at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Wheaton, Md., where he was the chair of the Department of Religious Studies. Kiely spent the 2012-13 academic year at Marquette University exploring and researching the community’s best practices, traditions and opportunities for organizational growth and development.

Kiely has a master of arts in religious studies from Catholic University, master and bachelor of arts degrees from Georgetown University, and was honored with a doctor of humane letters, honoris causa, from Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md., for his leadership in Catholic education.

“Under Tom’s leadership, we are looking forward to building on our existing strengths in education, theology, ministry and formation. The Institute for Catholic Leadership will help harness the full range of resources at the university on behalf of Catholic education in elementary and secondary schools, a priority that was identified in our university-wide strategic plan,” said President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J. “As a leader among Catholic universities in the diocese, we take seriously our responsibility to develop future educational leaders for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and the nation.”

Kiely said the institute will also provide training and consultative services to Catholic leaders through large scale conferences, targeted workshops and individualized consultations.

“It is so important that the leaders of our current Catholic schools have all the tools they need while being on the lookout for new ways to help recruit and develop the next generation of Catholic leaders,” Kiely said. “We are looking forward to providing innovative solutions that reach beyond traditional academic boundaries by addressing the needs of today’s Catholic education efforts.”

The Catholic Leadership Institute will begin developing leaders within the Archdiocese of Milwaukee as one of its priorities for the 2013-14 academic year.

“At Catholic schools, we believe there is a direct correlation between the quality of a school’s leadership and the effectiveness of a school,” said Dr. Kathleen Cepelka, superintendent for Catholic schools for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. “There is an imperative that we intentionally and systematically form leaders at all levels of our Catholic Schools and organizations who understand the nature of the Catholic institution and who are willing to serve in a generous way. We are thrilled that we have this Institute in our community that will focus on what is at the heart of our church’s schools.”


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