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Bishop Cupich named chairman of NCEA Board of Directors

the Inland Register

(From the November 15, 2012 edition of the Inland Register)

Bishop Cupich has been named chairman of the board of directors of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA).

The election of Bishop Cupich for a three-year term was announced by the board of directors of NCEA.

“We are honored to have Bishop Cupich lead Catholic educators nationwide at this time,” said Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta, who has served as NCEA chairman since 2010. “Bishop Cupich has been recognized for his exceptional leadership and commitment to Catholic education at all levels.”

Dr. Karen Ristau, NCEA President, expressed gratitude to Bishop Cupich for his willingness to chair the association: “U.S. Catholic education is facing both exciting and challenging times. Bishop Cupich has a deep faith in the importance of Catholic education at all levels. The bishop’s vision and confidence in strengthening and expanding Catholic education for future generations will be a great gift to NCEA and our members.”

“Catholic education has played a significant role in the United States over many generations and continues in our day to enrich the lives of individuals, the church and our society through a tradition distinguished by an emphasis on developing and forming the full human person,” Bishop Cupich said.

“The National Catholic Educational Association has a proven track record of providing excellent leadership, direction and service at the national level in support of Catholic educational programs and those who serve this great mission of the church,” Bishop Cupich said. “I am proud to be associated with NCEA and I am honored to serve as its board chairman and to support its mission.”

Bishop Cupich has served as bishop of the Diocese of Spokane since 2010.

Dr. Ristau said that Bishop Cupich will begin his three-year term in March 2013 and will meet with members at NCEA’s annual convention in Houston on April 2-4.

“This will be the association’s first meeting in that great city,” she said. “It is fitting that we welcome Bishop Cupich to begin his leadership in a diocese where Catholic education is growing and new schools have opened.”

Established in 1904, the NCEA is the largest private professional education organization in the world, representing 200,000 Catholic educators serving 7.6 million students in Catholic elementary and secondary schools, in religious education programs, in seminaries and in colleges and universities.

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