NCEA Introduces Chief Innovation Officer

Newly created position will focus on national products and resources in the areas of leadership development, governance and innovation for Catholic schools.

Arlington, VA – The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) today introduced Kevin C. Baxter, Ed.D., as Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) for the association. Dr. Baxter will lead three important initiatives in NCEA's new strategic planning, specifically new programs for leadership formation and succession planning, school governance and funding structures and innovative programs in pedagogy/curriculum/faith. Dr. Baxter will join NCEA in July.

"The new position of CIO will increase NCEA’s focus on innovative solutions to ongoing challenges and opportunities in Catholic school education, specifically in the areas of leadership formation, governance/financing, and innovation" said NCEA President/CEO Dr. Tom Burnford. "Kevin has a wealth of knowledge and experience that will enhance the association’s ability to be more innovative in creating products and resources that can directly and positively impact Catholic school communities."

Dr. Baxter has been the senior director and superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles since 2015. Before becoming senior director and superintendent, Dr. Baxter was the archdiocese’s superintendent of elementary schools from 2009. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has the highest student enrollment in the country with 75,469 students in 215 Catholic elementary and middle schools and 51 high schools. Dr. Baxter has a Bachelor of Arts in English and communications from Villanova University in Pennsylvania, a Master of Arts in secondary education from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and a Doctor of Education from the University of Southern California. Dr. Baxter lives in Hermosa Beach, CA, with his wife Kim and their six children. He will work remotely from the Los Angeles area.


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