Christopher Cosentino Joins NCEA

As Secondary Schools Department Associate Executive Director

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
 ARLINGTON, VA--Christopher Cosentino of Smithburg, MD, was appointed associate executive director of the Secondary Schools Department at the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA).

He will begin his new duties in August and will focus on the areas of Catholic identity in schools, curriculum and instruction. The appointment was announced by Charles M. Russell, executive director the Secondary Schools Department, who said that Cosentino “brings a wealth of knowledge accumulated over a 20-year career in Catholic education. I know he will serve as a tremendous resource for our members.”

The Secondary Schools Department provides leadership and support services to 1,213 U.S. Catholic high schools enrolling nearly 600,000 students.  Cosentino has been principal of St. John’s Catholic Prep in Frederick, MD, since 2006. He was principal of St. Michael’s Catholic Academy in Austin, Texas, from 2004 to 2006. Prior to that he was dean of students at St. Joseph’s Preparatory School, principal of Our Mother of Consolation Elementary School, both in Philadelphia, and director of athletics for Bishop Eustace Preparatory School in Pennsauken, NJ. 

From 1999 to 2004 he also was an adjunct professor in humanities, religious studies, and philosophy at several Catholic higher education institutions—Gwynedd Mercy College, Holy Family University, and DeSales University. The new staff member received a bachelor degree in philosophy and religious studies from Seton Hall University and a master degree in systematic theology from La Salle University. He has done additional coursework in Catholic school leadership at St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas.

NCEA is the largest private professional education association in the world. The Association's membership includes more than 200,000 educators serving 7.6 million students at all levels from pre-K through graduate school.

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