John T. James, Ed.D., will present his lecture: "Dynamics of Catholic School Leadership"
John T. James, Ed.D., assistant professor and director of Catholic Leadership Programs at Saint Louis University, will deliver the 2010 Anthony J. Ruggiero Lecture on Catholic Education at 7:30 p.m., Monday, September 13, in the White Pavilion in the University Center on the Center Valley Campus of DeSales University.
Sponsored by the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture at DeSales, the event is free and open to the public and focuses on Catholic education. The title of this year’s lecture is "Dynamics of Catholic School Leadership.”
Fr. Thomas Dailey, director of the Salesian Center, explains that the lecture series focuses on the contribution that Catholic schools make to society. “In terms of the future of Catholic schools, or any schools,” he says, “leadership is key. This year’s lecturer brings a wealth of research and expertise on this important subject, not only for schools in the Lehigh Valley but nationwide.”
In addition to teaching at St. Louis University, James is director of the Catholic Leadership Program, which prepares students for leadership in Catholic Schools. Previously he was president and superintendent of the Saint Albert Catholic Schools in Council Bluffs, Iowa, where he oversaw the administrative functions of the preK through 12 school system, including advancement, long-range planning, school improvement and public relations.
Among his publications, James is a contributor to Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice, The British Journal of Religious Education, and NCEA Notes: A Newsletter for Catholic Schools. He has also presented papers to the National Catholic Education Association and to the annual meeting of Chief Administrators of Catholic Education.
James earned his doctorate in educational administration from the University of Nebraska, a master of arts in secondary education from the University of Saint Thomas, and his bachelor of arts degree in biochemistry and religious studies from Rice University.
The Ruggiero Lecture Series
Originally established as The St. Leonie Aviat Lecture on Catholic Education, the series was renamed The Anthony Ruggiero Lecture on Catholic Education in 2005, to reflect the endowment provided by the Ruggiero family of Bethlehem.
Anthony "Tony" Ruggiero was a well-known and widely respected educator in the Bethlehem Area School District, where he worked for 32 years. He taught French and social studies at Liberty High School, prior to his appointment as assistant principal and then principal in the 1980s. He earned his master's degree in education from Lehigh University and completed post-graduate work at Georgetown University. He was an adjunct faculty member who taught the philosophy of education and helped supervise the student teacher program at DeSales University. He retired from public education in 1990. Upon his death in 1994, he bequeathed a significant gift to the University, which helped endow the lecture series.
The Salesian Center for Faith and Culture
Established in 2000, the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture promotes the interaction of faith and culture through academic initiatives that focus on the authentic integration of social concerns and gospel values. For more information contact the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture at 610-282-1100, ext. 1244 or SCFC@desales.edu.
Press Release: Catholic School Leadership Subject of Ruggiero Lecture | Posted on: 8/30/2010
For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive Director of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034
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