Steven Virgadamo was unanimously chosen by the Board of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) as the recipient of the 2018 Monsignor John Meyers Presidential Award. This award is presented to an individual who has provided substantial support for Catholic education through contributions in the areas of institutional advancement, financial management, and philanthropic support. Previous recipients of the Monsignor Meyers Presidential Award include: Terrance Cardinal Cooke, Joseph Cardinal Bernadin, and Dr. Elinor Ford.
Steve's professional career has taken him from working with one of the premier consulting firms in the nation, extending his work to the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education Program and beyond. He has worked in over 90% of the Catholic dioceses in the United States and has provided counsel to more than 6000 Catholic schools.
In announcing the award, members of the NCEA Board called Steve one of the most influential people in Catholic Education over the past 25 years. When the Archdiocese of New York began its bold and courageous restructuring to a regionalized system of Catholic schools, - “ Build Bold Futures”, they turned to Steve Virgadamo to provide the leadership for forming Catholic School leaders who could effectively take the helm of schools under such an innovative and bold new school governance.
Steve is recognized globally for his writing, speaking but most importantly for empowering leaders to embrace visionary change. The Catholic Church may be reinventing how Catholic schools are governed and managed, but is through the leadership of Steven Virgadamo that they are re-inventing how Principals and Superintendents are being developed to lead its schools into the next generation.