September 2, 2020 – The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) has retained Asheville, NC-based RH Perry & Associates to lead its search for a new president and CEO. Managing partner Matthew Kilcoyne and senior consultant Sue Dewine are leading the assignment.
The president/CEO reports to the board of directors and is responsible for fulfillment of NCEA’s mission to enhance the vitality and fidelity of Catholic schools.
They will need to seek transformation through new services, different ways of engagement, innovative business models, new sources of funding, new partners and technology to enhance the success of Catholic education, the search firm says.
This executive serves as the voice of Catholic education which articulates its value across key constituents including parents, donors, local community, dioceses and the public at large. The CEO “promotes an ecclesiology of communion in how Catholic schools relate to their bishops, dioceses, pastors, religious order and each other to find common points for support and collaboration,” RH Perry & Associates said. They will also provide strong advocacy to policy makers for the contribution of and support for Catholic education.
The search firm is looking for candidates with an authentic, faith-filled Catholic who is knowledgeable about Catholic teachings. They are seeking someone with significant experience in Catholic education with demonstrated leadership and track record in managing change and innovation. Candidate should be skilled in identifying significant needs of NCEA’s membership with the ability to formulate product/service solutions that add substantive value in a timely and cost-effective manner. They should also have experience with fund raising and grant development beyond revenue generation from operations.
Founded in 1904, the National Catholic Educational As is the largest, private professional education association in the world. It works with Catholic educators to support ongoing faith formation and the teaching mission of the Catholic Church. Catholic schools in the U.S. have historically served as effective instruments of evangelization and social mobility for millions of Catholics, immigrants and U.S. born. Today the mission continues while reaching out to nearly 14.5 million school-age Catholic children and the opportunity for educational innovation in a society defined by pluralism, technological development and global engagement. NCEA membership includes more than 150,000 educators serving 1.9 million students in Catholic education.
Established in 1974, RH Perry has conducted over 1,000 higher education searches. The firm’s higher education practice consists of senior-level executives with a well-balanced mix of college and university presidential experience, senior administrative experience and executive search expertise. Founded by Robert H. Perry, the firm also has offices in California, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
Mr. Kilcoyne, who joined RH Perry & Associates in 2002, has led or supported over 210 presidential and senior administrative higher education search assignments. He focuses on all aspects of the search process, including: search committee and board relations; needs analysis and the pre-search study; marketing, candidate identification and recruitment; evaluation and screening; candidate due diligence; and selection and transition.
Dr. DeWine joined the search firm in 2015 after more than 40 years in higher education. She has had a successful career in academe with extensive experience as an administrator, fundraiser and communication consultant. She was a full professor and consultant to industry in a large public institution and provost and president at two small private colleges. Her expertise is academics. She served as president of Hanover College, in Indiana, from 2007 to 2015.
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