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March 23, 2001 

Leonard DeFiore Appointed to Brother Patrick Ellis Chair in Education


The Catholic University of America announces the appointment of Leonard DeFiore, Ed.D., as scholar in residence and the first holder of the Brother Patrick Ellis Chair in Education. The appointment is effective Sept. 1, 2001.


Leonard DeFiore, Ed.D.

Mr. DeFiore is currently the president of the National Catholic Educational Association, a position he has held since 1996. Prior to his term as president of NCEA, Mr. DeFiore was superintendent of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Metuchen in New Jersey from 1988 to 1996, and in the Archdiocese of Washington from 1976 to 1985. He also served as executive director of the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission from 1985 to 1988.


Mr. DeFiore received his B.A., M.A. and Ed.D. from Columbia University in New York City. While at Columbia, he also served as director of admissions and financial aid for the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and later as assistant to the president.


"Dr. DeFiore is a national figure in Catholic education," said the Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, president of Catholic University.  "It is most appropriate that the national university of the Catholic Church in our country welcome Dr. DeFiore and provide him with another opportunity to serve the Church in the field of education."


“The Catholic University of America is very fortunate to have Dr. DeFiore, who has a long and distinguished career in service to Catholic education, join its faculty,” CUA Provost John Convey said in announcing Mr. DeFiore’s appointment. “It’s particularly fitting that Dr. DeFiore will hold the chair named for his former counselor at West Catholic High School in Philadelphia.”


The Brother Patrick Ellis Chair in Education was established by CUA’s Board of Trustees in honor of Brother Patrick Ellis, F.S.C., who served as president of The Catholic University of America from 1992 to 1998.





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