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Catholic School Administrators Invited to Participate In Innovative Leadership Institute at Saint Xavier

Bishop John R. Gorman Institute for Leadership in Catholic Education will hold inaugural session June 28-July 1 at SXU's Orland Park Campus

CHICAGO (May 7, 2004) - Catholic elementary and secondary school administrators and leadership teams are invited to participate in the inaugural session of the Bishop John R. Gorman Institute for Leadership in Catholic Education, to be held June 28-July 1 at Saint Xavier University's Orland Park Campus.

"We see this as an important expression of our mission to serve the greater Catholic community," said Jim Kruse, director of off-campus and innovative programs for the School of Education.

Each participant in the program will choose a course of study, or "track," which will serve as the individual's focus for the duration of the four-day institute. Tracks include:

    * Spirituality & Catholic Identity , which will cover mission, theological foundation, Catholic school culture, and spirituality and faculty/staff formation.
    * Advancement , which will cover fundraising, alumni support, special events, development plans, and success measurement.
    * Administration , which will cover board relations, administrative models, conflict management, financial issues, and the relationship between spirituality and administration.
    * Finance , which will cover operating budget generation, financial audits, tuition and fee issues, internal controls, and long-range planning.
    * Further, the Institute includes a special seminar entitled " Boards in Catholic Schools ." Board members and administrators at every level of Catholic education are welcome to enroll in this additional program, to be held on Saturday, June 26, 2004 .

Institute faculty were chosen for their expertise and experience in the administration of Catholic schools. Faculty come from California, Texas, Wisconsin, and Indiana, as well as the Chicago region.

The institute was developed with input from principals of area Catholic schools and representatives from the Archdiocese of Chicago and Diocese of Joliet. "Institute topics are based on interests expressed by more that 200 Catholic school administrators who responded to a survey," Kruse said. Those administrators identified Spirituality & Catholic Identity as the area of greatest interest, followed by Advancement, Administration, and Finance.

Reaction from Catholic school administrators has been enthusiastic, Kruse said. "Catholic educators are very happy that there is now an institute specifically designed for their unique needs," he said.

Jim Antos, principal of Chicago's Brother Rice High School, said he felt "privileged" to help shape an Institute designed to strengthen Catholic schools in the Chicago region. Antos, who is enrolled in the Spirituality & Catholic Identity track of the institute, said he looks forward to a dialogue with Institute faculty and professional colleagues.

"It's very refreshing to get perspectives from around the area and the nation," he said. "And it's nice to challenge yourself to talk about mission and gospel values within the context of being a better administrator."

Saint Xavier University's initiative comes at a crucial time for Catholic schools. The Institute is designed to assist administrators and leadership teams as they confront the many challenges facing Catholic schools. In 2005, the Institute will also include programming for Catholic schoolteachers.
The Institute is named for the Most Rev. John R. Gorman, D.D., Bishop Emeritus of the Chicago Archdiocese, who serves as a Saint Xavier University trustee. The Institute is an expression of Saint Xavier University's mission and the Sisters of Mercy values of respect, justice, and caring, Kruse said. The Sisters founded Saint Xavier in 1846, and the Mercy tradition continues to shape Saint Xavier's mission and identity. For more information, or to enroll, contact Jim Kruse at (708) 802-6214 jkruse@sxu.edu . Details are also available online at www.sxu.edu.

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