Larry Furey, Founder of Partners in Mission, is pleased to announce that Steven Virgadamo has joined the firm on a full-time basis.
“Partners in Mission is widely recognized as the leading counsel to our nation’s Catholic schools in areas of advancement, enrollment management and leadership,” Larry said. “As our nation-wide partnerships with Catholic schools, dioceses and religious communities further expand, we continue to grow our practice with accomplished and proven full-time practitioners like Steven to meet the mission-critical needs of our school communities. To my knowledge, there isn’t an active advocate for Catholic education who has been on more Catholic school or diocesan campuses than Steven Virgadamo. With Steven’s expanded role and full-time commitment, Catholic schools, as well as all areas of our practice, will benefit from his subject matter expertise, professional network, and extensive experience in directing robust Catholic school leadership formation programs.”
Steven’s career spans 30-plus years in partnering with more than 6,000 Catholic schools in over 120 dioceses in the United States. Steve has formed and mentored school leaders while serving as the Vice President of Catholic School Management and as an Associate Director at the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) Program. Over the past five years as an Associate Superintendent of Schools in the Archdiocese of New York, he managed and directed over 150 regional and national searches for Catholic elementary and secondary school leaders. As the Executive Director of the Curran Catholic School Leadership Academy and in conjunction with Fordham University, St. John’s University, and the University of Notre Dame’s ACE, he designed and implemented a nationally recognized program for aspiring Catholic school leaders. In 2018, the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) awarded Steven, the John F. Meyers, Presidents Award and named him one of the most influential people in Catholic education over the past 25 years.
As Steven transitions to his full-time role at Partners in Mission, he will continue to partner with schools and dioceses in areas of Strategic Planning, Operations Planning, Administrative Retreats, Board Formation, and Professional Development; as well as continue to provide advancement counsel. In addition, he also will formally join the School Leadership Search Solutions division of Partners in Mission. For years, Steven has actively supported the belief that the single most distinguishing factor between a successful Catholic school and a struggling one is leadership. He has dedicated his career to identifying, recruiting and most importantly counseling Superintendents, School Presidents, School Leaders, Advancement Directors, Enrollment Mangers and other key members of a school management team.
About Partners in Mission
Partners in Mission is a full-service consulting and professional education firm focused exclusively on developing excellence in Catholic school advancement and leadership. Our dedicated team of professionals partner with clients to advance their missions by providing comprehensive and effective solutions to address the challenges they face every day.
About Partners in Mission School Leadership Search Solutions
Partners in Mission School Leadership Search Solutions is the retained search division of Partners in Mission, the nation’s leading full-service consulting firm focused exclusively on developing excellence in Catholic school advancement and leadership. As partners with religious and school communities, boards and dioceses, our team of dedicated search consultants have identified and secured mission-driven professionals to serve in a myriad of diverse Catholic school and diocesan leadership positions from Massachusetts to Hawaii.