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December 3, 2012


After more than a quarter century of service to the Archdiocese, Dr. McCarron will
officially step down on February 1, 2013

(PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 3, 2012) - The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced today that Dr. Richard McCarron, Secretary for Catholic Education for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, will retire effective February 1, 2013. During his 25 year tenure in educational leadership for the Archdiocese, Dr. McCarron exhibited an unwavering commitment to academic excellence, innovative co-curricular programs and the values that define a Catholic education in an effort to ensure all students benefited from this distinctive experience.

"Dr. McCarron has had a profound influence on Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for more than a quarter of a century and his leadership has been defined by an abiding commitment to our students, families, administrators and teachers," said Bishop Michael J. Fitzgerald, who oversees Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. "Dr. McCarron has helped thousands of Archdiocesan students not only pursue their dreams but embrace the power of faith in their lives. His life has been devoted to the cause of teaching our young people and for that, we are deeply grateful. We wish him and his family nothing but the best in his well-deserved retirement."

"It is time for me to step down so that new leadership can guide and direct the mission of Catholic education," said Dr. McCarron. "I have the utmost confidence that the Office of Catholic Education and Faith in the Future will establish a new educational vision that will enable our schools to grow and flourish in the years ahead. While it is difficult to step back from this role and from those whose dedication, commitment and passion for Catholic education have helped to mold thousands of students in the Catholic faith, I feel blessed for the opportunity to have worked with such devoted people."

Dr. McCarron will remain in his role while a national search is launched to secure a replacement for this position, which oversees operations for the secondary, elementary and schools of special education in the Archdiocese. This search will be conducted by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Faith in the Future, the independent foundation that provides strategic management and operational oversight for the 17 Catholic high schools and four schools of special education in the Archdiocese, and a special selection committee comprised of educational experts and business and civic leaders. This search is the first of several initiatives in process to support the Archdiocesan elementary schools, which will be shared in the early part of the new year. To ensure a smooth transition, Dr. McCarron will remain as a consultant to the Office of Catholic Education after his February 1, 2013 retirement.


Donna Farrell
Director of Communications

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