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Superintendent Kathleen Porter-Magee to Take on New Role

by Partnership Staff
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Partnership Superintendent Kathleen Porter-Magee has shared that she is stepping down from her position this summer after ten years of service to our schools. 

Kathleen has accepted the position of Managing Partner of the Leadership Roundtable, an organization of lay, religious, and ordained leaders who work together to promote best practices and accountability in the management and operations of Catholic institutions throughout the U.S.

Partnership Executive Director Kristen Gengaro announced that Kathleen will transition from Superintendent to the role of Special Advisor to the Partnership, so she can continue to support our important work and offer continuity moving forward. Christian Dallavis, current superintendent of the Partnership’s Cleveland schools and former head of the Remick Leaders Program at Notre Dame, will take on the interim management of our principals in both New York and Cleveland so that our work will continue uninterrupted in the months ahead.

In a message to her colleagues, Kathleen shared:

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 10 years since I joined what was then the brand-new Partnership Schools network. At that time, our network was seen as a risky experiment. Today, it serves as a powerful example of an emergent Catholic schools renaissance.

We took a leap of faith together to preserve those things that made our schools and communities great while embracing new approaches to drive life-changing results for the students we serve. 

While the work we do is deeply personal, our core value of humility calls each of us to remember that our success demands that we build something that will outlast us. And so as I wrap my tenth year, I leave with confidence of knowing that our strength lies not with any individual, but in the collective wisdom and experience of the entire team of network leaders, faculty, staff, and school leaders who support our students and communities everyday. 

In the same announcement to our staff,  Kristen shared with the entire Partnership team that we are heartened by knowing that Kathleen’s impact will spread further through the Leadership Roundtable, with whom the Partnership has collaborated over the last several years. “We certainly look forward to more synergies with the Leadership Roundtable’s work and the Partnership’s in the years to come,” she noted. 

For more on the Leadership Roundtable’s work and their announcement of Kathleen’s position, click here


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