NCEA’s Dr. Barbara McGraw Edmondson Taking New Role as Head of School of Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School

Arlington, VA. – The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) announced today that Dr. Barbara McGraw Edmondson has been appointed as the head of school of Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School in Washington D.C. She will begin this prestigious new role July 1, 2019, after completing her service with NCEA.

"While I am sorry to see Dr. Edmondson leave NCEA, I am excited for her upcoming new role at Visitation. I’ve had the privilege to visit this wonderful school a number of times over the years and know the community will welcome her and be blessed by her excellent leadership and passion for Catholic school education," said NCEA President/CEO, Dr. Thomas Burnford. "Barbara has been such a blessing to me and to NCEA members and staff over the past two years. She will be missed greatly."

"I am truly grateful for my time at NCEA and the opportunity to work with Dr. Burnford and my NCEA colleagues and to collaborate with Catholic school leaders throughout the country. I will remain an active member and colleague of the association," said Dr. Edmondson. "As head of school of Georgetown Visitation, I will have the privilege to work in a community with the Sisters of the Visitation and an exemplary faculty and staff as the leader of an all-girls school rich in history and tradition and deeply rooted in Salesian spirituality. I am blessed to be called to this new leadership role."

As the chief leadership and program officer, Dr. Edmondson directs the leadership and professional development team responsible for the design of the Catholic Leadership Summit for superintendents and other national leaders and an array of teacher and school leadership conferences, webinars and resources. She conceived the new Regional Principals Institute, which is currently in high demand across the country and is instrumental in NCEA working with higher education to promote the use of the National Standards and Benchmarks for Catholic Schools as a best practice and framework for school effectiveness and continuous improvement. The search for a new leader for NCEA education programs and leadership development will begin shortly.

NCEA is the largest private-education association gathering in the world, representing more than 150,000 Catholic educators serving nearly two million students in Catholic preschool, elementary and secondary schools. NCEA provides leadership and professional development to fulfill the evangelizing, catechizing and teaching mission of the Church and to lead, learn and proclaim the good news of Catholic school education. For more information on NCEA, go to


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