For Immediate Release
10 September 2010
ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – September 10, 2010 – Dr. Steven Cheeseman has been named Associate Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Rockville Centre. Most recently, Dr. Cheeseman was the principal at McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School, Riverhead.
As associate superintendent of schools for the diocese, Dr. Cheeseman will have responsibility for the direct oversight of the three diocesan high schools, will work with the 51 elementary schools, and will collaborate on all issues relating to education in the diocesan education system with Sr. Joanne Callahan, O.S.U., superintendent of schools, Diocese of Rockville Centre. There are approximately 13,000 students in the 10 (3 diocesan and 7 private) Catholic secondary schools in the diocese. There are 51 Catholic elementary schools in the diocese educating over 20,000 students.
His appointment by Sr. Joanne follows an extensive search after the announcement that previous associate superintendent Dr. Joanne O’Brien would be retiring.
“I am delighted to appoint Dr. Cheeseman as associate superintendent. He has extensive experience as an educator, demonstrated success as an administrator, and has a great dedication and commitment to Catholic education,” said Sr. Joanne.
“I am thrilled that Sr. Joanne selected me to become the new associate superintendent,” said Dr. Cheeseman. “I look forward to continuing the work of Dr. O’Brien in making our schools great. I am excited to have this opportunity to work with the schools in our diocese; building on their success in creating faith-filled, value-centered environments and ensuring that our curriculums are rigorous and challenging.
Dr. Cheeseman comes to the office of the superintendent after spending the past eight years as principal of McGann-Mercy High School in Riverhead, taking over the reigns when the diocese assumed operation of the school. As principal, he helped guide the school from near bankruptcy into a thriving school community. Prior to working as principal, Dr. Cheeseman was an administrator in the Shoreham-Wading River School District, a teacher in the Cold Spring Harbor, and before that, a teacher at Mercy. Dr. Cheeseman is also an adjunct professor at St. Joseph’s College in the Education Department and for Fordham University in the graduate program for education administration.
About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.drvc.org) was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1.5 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million). There are 133 parishes in 115 towns. Last year over 17,000 baptisms, 19,000 confirmations, 17,000 first communions and 3,000 marriages took place in the diocese. There are approximately 20,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,500 in higher institutions. There are 61 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese. Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice. In 2008, Catholic Charities assisted more than 55,485 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. (12/08).
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