Archdiocese of Chicago

 Leadership Academy Description Minimize

The ministry of leadership in the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago is unique.  It is a call to be the faith leader, the instructional leader, and the steward of the school’s vitality and viability.  

With the goal of growing leadership in the Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic schools, the Office of Catholic Schools has formed a Leadership Academy for talented men and women who are interested in becoming an administrator in a Catholic school in the City of Chicago and suburban Cook and Lake counties.

 Participants form a professional learning community, and they receive mentoring by experienced, successful principals within the system.   An OCS principal from the first cohort shares, "The Leadership Academy gave me the opportunity to explore what it means to be a leader in today's Catholic schools.  It encouraged and challenged me to become a visionary leader of a school that prepares students spiritually, academically, and socially for the future."  The seventh cohort will begin in October 2017, and the application is attached.

Dr. Mary Kearney, Associate Superintendent for Catholic Schools, remarks, “I am confident that the Leadership Academy will help Catholic schools attract great people to lead them and also promote professional growth and collaboration among Catholic school administrators in the Archdiocese of Chicago.”

Application Process 

Complete Online Application:  2018 Leadership Academy Application

Workshops are scheduled for:

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Saturday, January 20, 2018  (Saturday morning Retreat)

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

 Meetings are held at Archbishop Quigley Center (835 N Rush St, Chicago), from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm (except 1/20 Retreat from 9:00 am to noon). Upon acceptance to the Academy, we will provide a form to be signed by your principal agreeing to the dates. (Please note that all Archdiocesan principal applicants must be practicing Catholics.)

In addition, please submit an updated resume that includes contact information for 3 professional recommendations to Suzanne Sullivan at

Deadline for Submission: September 22,  2017

For more information, please contact Suzanne Sullivan, Director of the Leadership Academy at


 Workshops at Quigley Minimize

The Leadership Academy Program for the 2017-2018 cohort of prospective principals and school leaders meets at the Quigley Pastoral Center. All participants are required to attend on the following dates:

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Saturday, January 20, 2018 (Saturday morning Retreat)

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Presentation: Learn principles of responsible data usage

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Presentation: Understand how to dig into student work
Quality of Authentic Intellectual Work- Writing Standards
Quality of Authentic Intellectual Work- Math Standards