Archdiocese Names New Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools and Government Relations

February 24, 2003

Michael Caruso, Ph.D., associate dean of education at Fitchburg State College in Fitchburg, MA, has been named assistant superintendent of secondary schools and government relations for the Catholic Schools Office of the Archdiocese of Washington. He will start his new position on March 31.

As assistant superintendent, Caruso will serve as a liaison to high school presidents and principals, provide support and advocacy for all Catholic high schools in the archdiocese, and coordinate high school relationships with Catholic elementary schools. He also will act as the Catholic schools liaison for educational issues with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Maryland Catholic Conference, and area and federal governments.

Patricia Weitzel-O’Neill, Ph.D., superintendent of Catholic schools, said, “I look forward to working with Dr. Caruso and know that the Archdiocesan schools will benefit from his knowledge, skills and experience in education and government relations. He is deeply committed to Catholic education and will be a strong advocate for the advancement and support of all schools.”

Prior to joining Fitchburg State College, Caruso was dean of education at Trinity College in Washington, DC from 1999-2000, associate dean and acting dean of the School of Professional Studies at Trinity from 1996-1999, and was a policy analyst for the National Association of State Boards of Education in Alexandria, VA, from 1995-1996. He completed undergraduate and graduate studies at New York University, earning a master’s degree in 1986 and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration in 1991. In his academic positions as professor and associate dean, Caruso established partnerships with high schools and he has taught administration and leadership courses for high school principals.

Jennifer Reed
Office of Communications
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