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Andrew M. Greeley Endowed Chair for Catholic Education created

Andrew M. Greeley Endowed Chair for Catholic Education created

Loyola University Chicago’s School of Education has announced the creation of the Andrew M. Greeley Endowed Chair for Catholic Education. The position recognizes a faculty member who contributes to the support and improvement of effective K-12 Catholic schools and his/her continued leadership through service and scholarship.

Lorraine A. Ozar, PhD, founding director of the Andrew M. Greeley Center for Catholic Education and a longtime advocate for Catholic education, has been named the inaugural chair. Catholic school leaders who nominated Dr. Ozar for this prestigious position cited her as one of today’s most influential figures in Catholic education.

“My appointment as Greeley Chair for Catholic Education is such a great honor,” said Dr. Ozar. “I look forward to continuing my work on behalf of Catholic education and the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Schools with even greater breadth and creativity.”

Dr. Ozar has served Catholic education at all levels as a teacher, school level administrator, member of the Office of Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago, author, and national speaker. She led the development of National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools and has presented numerous workshops to educators in more than 75 dioceses across the country, focusing on curriculum development and implementation, assessment, instructional leadership, professional learning communities, and standards within the context of faith-based schools.

Michael J. Boyle, PhD, will succeed Dr. Ozar as director of the Greeley Center, where he previously served as assistant director. He was the 2014 recipient of the C. Albert Koob, OPraem Merit Award from the National Catholic Education Association for significant contributions to Catholic education and has held numerous roles in education, including principal at a large Catholic elementary school.

“Loyola’s School of Education is proud to host the Endowed Chair for Catholic Education and support the important work of the Andrew M. Greeley Center for Catholic Education,” said Terri Pigott, PhD, interim dean of Loyola’s School of Education. “We look forward to the center’s innovative initiatives that will continue strengthening the effectiveness and influence of Catholic schools nationwide.”

About the Andrew M. Greeley Center for Catholic Education
The Andrew M. Greeley Center for Catholic Education was established in 2003 by Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., president and CEO of Loyola University Chicago, to leverage the resources of Loyola’s School of Education and the University in support of improving and sustaining excellent K-12 Catholic schools. The primary work of the Greeley Center focuses on Catholic school excellence in the context of mission and Catholic identity, including sponsoring national conferences; conducting and leading on-site, tailored professional development sessions in schools and dioceses; coaching teachers and principals on instruction and leadership; and shaping Catholic school principal preparation and leadership degree programs at Loyola’s School of Education. The center has established a national presence and led efforts to develop, publish, and disseminate the inaugural National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools in 2012.

Source: Loyola Press Release