Catholic Education Symposium – Sr. Mary Paul McCaughey, O.P.


Sr. Mary Paul McCaughey, O.P.
Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Archdiocese of Chicago
High School Leadership Workshop Summary

Sr. Mary Paul McCaughey, a member of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, has 40 years of experience in Catholic education as a teacher, administrator, and superintendent.

In 2008 she became Superintendent of the Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools, where she oversees the largest Catholic school system in the United States. With nearly 90,000 students and more than 7,000 educators in 256 elementary and high schools, she leads the schools in the areas of academic excellence, Catholicity, and fiscal vitality.

Prior to her role as Superintendent, she served Marian Catholic High School (Chicago Heights) as president and principal from 1992 until 2008. Sr. Mary Paul also served as principal at Springfield Sacred Heart and Sacred Heart-Griffin High School from 1985 to 1991.

Sr. Mary Paul earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Quincy University. She holds a master of arts degree in Theology from St. Louis University and master of science in institutional business administration from the University of Notre Dame. In addition, she earned her educational administration certification through DePaul University, and studied for a doctorate in Theology and the social sciences at the Chicago Theological Seminary.

Among Sr. Mary Paul’s professional affiliations are: Executive Board Member, Dominican Association of Secondary Schools; National Association of Secondary School Principals; National Catholic Education Association (NCEA), a member of the Illinois State Commission for AdvancED (North Central Association).

In 2011 Sr. Mary Paul received the John F. Meyers Award from the National Catholic Educational Association for her exceptional leadership in Chicago and for her significant contributions to Catholic education nationally. She also received the AdvanceED Illinois Excellence in Education Award for her unparalleled leadership in promoting and advancing excellence in education.

Sr. Mary Paul was named Alumni of the Year from the Notre Dame Club of Central Illinois in 1992, received the National Catholic Educational Association Distinguished Graduate Award (Infant Jesus of Prague School) in 1995, and received the Gratiam Dei Award in 2004 from the American Catholic Press.

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