NEW ROCHELLE—Provincial Kevin Griffith, C.F.C., has announced the selection of Dr. James P. Keane as director of educational services for the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers, North American Province. “Dr. Keane brings decades of Catholic school experience, an enthusiasm for innovation, and a highly trained vision to our educational mission,” said Brother Griffith, “He is the ideal leader to ensure that each of our schools remains vitally Catholic in word, deed, and practice.”
Dr. Keane has 26 years’ experience in teaching and administration in Catholic schools, mostly in Christian Brother schools, including Rice High School in Harlem and Catholic Memorial in Boston. For the past four years, he has been the principal and academic leader at St. Joseph High School in Trumbull, Connecticut.
The director of educational services has prime responsibility for the order’s charism as outlined in the Essential Elements of a Christian Brother Education, which forms the guiding principles for some 29 Christian Brother-affiliated schools spread throughout the United States, Canada, and West Indies. As Director, Dr. Keane will lead a New York-based team to promote Catholic identity, mission integration, board formation, and quality teaching standards throughout the Christian Brother network. He will also have responsibility for the mission-based, immersion programs in North and South America.
Dr. Keane earned his undergraduate degree at Iona College and his Masters in Education at Emmanuel College. He holds the Masters of Divinity from Yale and a doctorate in Systematic Theology from Marquette University. He will assume this position on August 12, 2019.