NCEA Introduces Executive Director of Operational Vitality

New position’s responsibilities include oversight of NCEA programs regarding marketing, budgeting and finance, technology management and discipleship.

Arlington, VA – The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) welcomes John Reyes, Ed.D., as Executive Director of Operational Vitality for the association. Dr. Reyes will oversee NCEA’s programs related to communications, marketing, budgeting and finance, technology management, digital learning and discipleship, in addition to supervising NCEA’s marketing and communications efforts and managing NCEA’s technology and informational services. Dr. Reyes joined NCEA at the beginning of the month.

NCEA Interim President/CEO Kathy Mears said, "John’s experience in the areas of educational leadership, strategic planning and technology implementation make him a true asset to our work at NCEA. His passion for reimagining and strengthening Catholic school education in the United States will greatly enrich our current ability to provide frameworks of support for the Catholic school communities which we serve. We are grateful and truly fortunate to have him join our team."

The executive director of operational vitality is a new position within the organization which was created to align more closely with NCEA’s National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Schools (NSBECS). Dr. Reyes is the first of the executive directors to be hired in alignment with the four domains of the NSBECS. The executive director of operational vitality reports to the CIO and works in partnership with senior leadership and the marketing-communications and business services teams.

Before taking on this role, Dr. Reyes served in many capacities within the realm of Catholic school education, including as a teacher, project manager, technology coordinator, university lecturer and curriculum creator. Most recently, Dr. Reyes was the assistant superintendent of academic excellence and budget supervision for the Diocese of Charleston, where he developed a five-year plan for increasing academic excellence, led an initiative to center principals’ formation on key operational vitality and Catholic identity outcomes, and created a comprehensive budget development process for school leaders. Dr. Reyes is also currently a research fellow at the Roche Center for Catholic Education at Boston College.

Dr. Reyes has a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, a Master of Arts in secondary education from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and a Doctor of Education in Organizational Change and Leadership from the University of Southern California. Dr. Reyes will work remotely from Charleston, SC, where he and his wife currently reside.

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