NCEA Announces Chief Administrative Officer

Expanded leadership role to enhance support for Catholic schools.

Arlington, VA – The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) announced today that Kathleen Waugh will be the chief administrative officer for the association. This position is an expansion of NCEA’s CFO role and includes oversight of the association's finance, information technology, human resources, legal, procurement, facility and membership services functions. Ms. Waugh will join the NCEA team on February 25, 2019.

"I am excited to welcome Kathleen Waugh to NCEA, and greatly looking forward to working with her to further the important work of this association," said NCEA President/CEO, Dr. Thomas Burnford. "Kathleen’s extensive administrative, financial and operations leadership experience will deeply enhance how NCEA can best serve the 6,300 Catholic schools in the United States."

In addition to oversight of core financial, administrative and internal functions, Ms. Waugh will serve as a member of the senior leadership team with the president/CEO, helping design and implement the association’s strategic plan. She also will provide support to the NCEA Board of Directors, specifically the Finance and Audit Committee.

Since 2012, and from 2005 – 2008, Ms. Waugh has served as the chief operating officer for the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) in Washington, D.C., with oversight for finance and accounting, chapter operations, human resources, procurement, information technology, project management, facilities and administration. During this time she oversaw a significant restructuring of NASW and development of new policies and functions in all administrative and operational areas. Prior to this, she worked for The Washington Post Company as director of IT shared services, and at The Washington Post as director of customer services and advertising administration, and as an assistant controller. In addition to an MBA from New York University, she has a Juris Doctor from Arizona State University. She is an active member of Our Lady Queen of Peace parish in Arlington, Virginia.

NCEA is the largest private professional education organization in the world, representing more than 150,000 Catholic educators serving nearly two million students in Catholic preschool, elementary and secondary schools. NCEA provides leadership and professional development to fulfill the evangelizing, catechizing and teaching mission of the Church and to lead, learn and proclaim the good news of Catholic school education. For more information on NCEA, go to


In service of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, NCEA strengthens Catholic school communities by providing professional development, formation, leadership and advocacy.