Alumnus Dr. Gregory Monroe (’08) has been named superintendent of the Diocese of Charlotte Schools, as announced by the diocese this week. Monroe, who was selected after a nationwide search process, will look to bring the Catholic schools of the diocese to the next level, all while leading the schools further towards truth, goodness, and beauty.
“I am honored to have been chosen to serve the diocesan school community in this role and will build upon the good work of the leaders before me,” said Monroe in an interview with the Catholic News Herald. “Moving forward, we have a great story to tell, and we must seize opportunities across the diocese to share who we are: authentic Catholic schools striving for excellence and quality in all that we do.”
Monroe, who earned his Bachelor’s in political science and economics from Christendom, will begin his new role on June 1, after previously serving in a senior leadership position in the Catholic Schools Office of the Archdiocese of Omaha. While there, he grew a blended learning initiative from five to twenty-seven schools, represented Catholic education for the state, served on the boards of the three archdiocesan high schools and served as principal on record for three elementary schools.
All of these experiences helped land Monroe this new role. The search process, which was led by a 12-person committee of clergy and laity from across the diocese, selected Monroe from a field of almost thirty applicants. During the interview process, Monroe became the top choice for the important position, with the committee ultimately seeing him as integral to the diocese’s efforts to take the schools to the next level.
All of Monroe’s hard work for the past decade has led to this career milestone. After graduating from Christendom in 2008, Monroe began work on his master’s in education from Marymount University, all while teaching at Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, Virginia. After earning his master’s in 2012, Monroe began work on his doctorate in educational leadership and administration from the Catholic University of America and took on a new job as well: director of career services and leadership development at his alma mater, Christendom.
Monroe helped grow the career services department, teaching workshops to undergraduates, spearheading alumni networking events with students, and more. In 2016, Monroe took the next step on his career journey: principal at St. John Paul II Catholic High School in Florida. After two years spent there, he moved on to become the CSO Facilitator (the equivalent of associate superintendent) in the Archdiocese of Omaha. In 2020, he finished up his doctorate degree before taking on his latest role.
Monroe has moved from teacher to director of career services, to principal, to associate superintendent, to superintendent, all within the span of a decade. Along the way, he received his master’s and doctorate degrees, got married to a Christendom alumna, and had his first child as well. Monroe’s drive for excellence in all things helped him every step of the way, as did his Christendom education.
“I am grateful for the Christendom education that prepared me to easily obtain, assimilate and analyze new information,” says Monroe. “The college’s emphasis on critical thinking, coupled with the communication and writing skills I further developed on campus, enhanced my ability to lead my faculty, staff, family, and students toward greater spiritual, academic, and professional growth.”
Monroe is one of many alumni who have graduated from Christendom and gone on to have an impact on the field of education. Victor Alcantara (’05) is the dean at St. John Paul the Great Catholic High School in Virginia, Dr. Donald Prudlo (’99) is the Chair of Catholic Studies at the University of Tulsa, and John O’Herron (’06) and Denny Pregent (’07) are the founders of Cardinal Newman Academy, just to name a few.
Christendom’s founder Dr. Warren H. Carroll wanted graduates to go out and restore all things in Christ. Monroe has been taking that mission to heart since graduation and will now bring the good news that “Truth exists, the Incarnation happened” to the students, parents, and educators of the Diocese of Charlotte.