Bookmark and Share

October 8, 2012

The Faith in the Future Foundation Announces the Appointment of
Samuel Casey Carter as its Chief Executive Officer

A nationally recognized thought leader in educational best practice, Mr. Carter will lead the first-of-its kind independently managed Catholic school system

(Philadelphia, October 8, 2012)- The Faith in the Future Foundation, a first-of-its-kind institution providing strategic management and operational oversight for 17 Catholic high schools and four schools of special education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, today announced the appointment of Samuel Casey Carter as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Carter is a highly-respected and well-known school operator, industry thought leader, and longtime educational reformer whose appointment marks an important milestone for the Foundation.

Over the last two decades, Mr. Carter's career has been wholly dedicated to strengthening and improving all educational options, including local public, public charter, and Catholic schools. With a keen focus on elevating educational outcomes and managing to excellence in schools, Mr. Carter's experience also includes an active record of advocacy serving as an expert and testifying before more than 30 state legislatures on educational issues across the nation.

"Casey Carter is exactly the type of Chief Executive Officer I envisioned for Faith in the Future," said H. Edward Hanway, Chairman of the Faith in the Future Foundation. "Smart, strategic, experienced and passionate, Casey brings a fresh perspective, a desire to innovate and an abiding commitment to further elevating our already outstanding educational outcomes. Since February, I have often said that the Foundation must help our 21 schools to be 'individually excellent but better together,' and Casey's rich experience demonstrates the ability to accomplish exactly that."

Specifically, Mr. Carter ran his own consulting firm and provided strategic consulting to many of the best school operators including the Cristo Rey Network and KIPP, was president of National Heritage Academies, a charter school management company that operates more than 75 schools in nine states, president of CfBT USA-the U.S. affiliate of CfBT Education Trust, the head of global corporate social responsibility for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and the executive director of the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Foundation. Mr. Carter is also the author of On Purpose: How Great School Cultures Form Strong Character, which he wrote as a senior fellow for the Center for Education Reform, and No Excuses: Lessons from 21 High-Performing, High Poverty Schools. His articles, essays, and columns have appeared in more than 180 newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times. A graduate of St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, Mr. Carter has also studied theology at Oxford University and philosophy at The Catholic University of America.

"This isn't simply a chance to transform the nation's oldest and largest Catholic school system but rather a chance to reinvigorate Catholic education in the United States," said Casey Carter, CEO of Faith in the Future. "The first-of-its-kind model is what drew me to the position. Since the year 2000, nearly 2,000 Catholic schools have closed all across the country and it is time for that trend to stop. I have worked in - and studied the best practices of some of the very best schools in the world - and now it is time, beginning here in the city of Philadelphia, to bring those practices to the service of Catholic schools. I have chosen to come to the Foundation, and to this great Catholic school system in particular, because of the bold thinking and action that established it. I am confident that this can be the vanguard for what other dioceses can do to grow Catholic schools again and ensure that they remain a critical educational option within our communities."

Mr. Carter's appointment is effective immediately and he has re-located to Philadelphia from Washington, D.C. He has three daughters, Kirby (13), Casey (11), and Lucy (9). He will begin immediate and intensive meetings with the Office for Catholic Education and the presidents and principals of the Foundation's 21 schools. Mr. Carter will also visit each of the 17 high schools and four schools of special education before the end of November.

"Having Casey at the helm of this Foundation is a win for Catholic education in the Philadelphia region - and nationally," said Hanway. "I can say without reservation that Casey has a distinct vision for our future, the experience to successfully implement that vision, and, as you will soon see, the tireless energy we need to build upon our strong momentum. Casey Carter is exactly the right person to lead us into this new chapter for Catholic education."

For more information about Mr. Carter and his appointment as CEO of the Faith in the Future Foundation, visit To register a student at any of the Foundation's 17 Catholic high schools, please visit


Michelle Hunt
Account Supervisor

Back to Top