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Diocese of Rockville Centre

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – February 25, 2015 – The Diocese of Rockville Centre today announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Education, Diocese of Rockville Centre (the “Education Corporation”). Mr. Christopher Marblo will assume responsibility for Catholic Elementary and High School leadership as the new CEO of the Education Corporation, which provides services, support and guidance to those schools operated in connection with the Catholic-school ministry of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. Mr. Marblo brings diverse and deep expertise in education, administration, marketing, fund raising, strategic and fiscal management, leadership, constituent relations and institutional advocacy. The new position will report to the board of the Education Corporation. Ursuline Sister Joanne Callahan will continue to serve as superintendent until July 1, 2015, when Mr. Marblo will assume his new position.

“I am most grateful to the search committee for its hard work,” Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop, Diocese of Rockville Centre said. “I look forward to Chris’s counsel on enhancing our schools so we can ensure they deliver the best education possible in an increasingly competitive and cost-competitive market.”

Along with the hiring of Mr. Marblo, his leadership of the Education Corporation is critical to what is to become a new paradigm in Catholic education in the Diocese of Rockville Centre.

“I am very happy to return to my roots on Long Island and in Catholic education,” Mr. Marblo said. “I look forward to working with the Diocesan community to ensure that the long and highly-effective history of Catholic education continues to unfold in powerful ways and provide a model for 21st century teaching and learning.”

The hiring of Mr. Marblo in the new role of CEO of the Education Corporation demonstrates the commitment of resources to Catholic education to help ensure that it offers Catholics on Long Island a dynamic, diverse, high quality Catholic education into the future.

Mr. Marblo will have the opportunity to work with the bishops and all stakeholders, partners, and benefactors of the diocesan schools, implementing a sustainable enrollment strategy while realigning resources and personnel to achieve greater impact across the system.

“The new CEO will help those on the front lines, the teachers and administrators who work so hard each and every day serving those entrusted to their care as well as present and future parents,” Bishop Nelson Pérez, auxiliary bishop, Diocese of Rockville Centre and chair of the ad hoc CEO of Education Search Committee said.

Sister Joanne, who has served in the role of Superintendent of Schools since 1993, will assume the new role of Diocesan Secretary of Education, serving as an ex-officio member of the Education Corporation and continuing to provide her invaluable expertise in operating diocesan Catholic schools. “I look forward to working with Chris as he assumes his role as CEO and know that he will find the Catholic educational community on Long Island welcoming and committed to working to pass on the faith to the students and academic excellence,” Sister Joanne said.

Christopher Marblo
Mr. Marblo has thirty years of experience in education, working as a teacher and administrator with students from pre-school through college, in both private and public settings. He has been the Head of The Town School in New York City and The Kent School in Maryland and Head of the Middle School at both the Haverford School in suburban Philadelphia and The Albany Academy, in Albany, New York.

He has a degree in Literature and Human Thought from the College of St. Rose in Albany and a master’s degree in Humanities from New York University, where he also studied in China, Japan, Hong Kong and France. He was a Klingenstein Visiting Fellow at Teachers College, Columbia University in 2003, and his writing has appeared in The Baltimore Sun, The Albany Times Union, and a number of educational journals. He has also written a chapter for the book Diversity Work in Independent Schools: The Practice and the Practitioner, published by the National Association of Independent Schools. Mr. Marblo has served on the Board of the Guild of Independent Schools and has presented at a number of national conferences.

Mr. Marblo also has a long standing interest in curricular innovation. As Head of The Town School, he launched a program in creative thinking that identified creativity as a core skill and integrated it into other disciplines. An innovation lab, newly built in 2012, accompanied these curricular enhancements. Other initiatives, from cross-curricular programs to the expansion of diversity programs in all of his schools, have been a constant in his work.

Most recently, Mr. Marblo was the president of The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, New York. There he led the multi-arts organization, with art and creativity classes, four galleries and a black box theater that serves 40,000 people per year. There he instituted new initiatives, launched a plan to reduce the Center’s deficit and increased individual giving by 44 percent.

Search Committee
In addition to Bishop Pérez, members of the search committee included: Reverend Monsignor Brian McNamara, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, West Islip; Paul Clagnaz, principal, Saint Brigid/Our Lady of Hope Regional School, Westbury; Saint Joseph Sister Joanne Forker, principal, Sacred Heart Academy, Hempstead; Christopher Tully, president, Preston/Tully Group and Vice Chairman of The Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation; Vincentian Father Donald Harrington, retired past president of Saint John’s University; Thomas Renker, general counsel, Diocese of Rockville Centre and Jeanne E. Morcone, principal, Trinity Regional School, East Northport.

Mr. Marblo and his family will relocate to the area from Troy, N.Y.

About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Diocese of Rockville Centre ( was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1,531,445 baptized Catholics (total population in the Diocese is approximately 3,504,737). There are 134 parishes (1 campus parish) in 115 towns. The Diocese is blessed with 369 priests (221 incardinated, 88 externs, 60 religious), 771 religious women, 72 brothers and 275 deacons in ministry. In 2012, 15,211 infant baptisms, 830 minor baptisms and 417 people were received into Full Communion. In 2012, 16,722 First Holy Communions, 15,250 Confirmations, 2683 Catholic marriages and 520 interfaith marriages took place in the diocese. There are 17,797 students in Catholic elementary schools; 12,655 students in Catholic high schools and 4,400 students in higher institutions. There are 47 Catholic elementary schools (43 parish or regional and 4 private), 10 Catholic high schools (3 Diocesan, 2 parish and 5 private) and one Catholic college (Molloy College, Rockville Centre) in the diocese. We are a Diocese with over 11,000 catechists educating approximately 111,200 children in religious education each year. Catholic Health Services (CHS) of Long Island is comprised of six hospitals, three nursing homes, a regional home care and hospice network, and a community-based agency for persons with special needs. More than 17,500 employees and 4,600 credentialed physicians work within the CHS system. In 2011, Catholic Charities assisted more than 59,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. (06/14).

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