WASHINGTON (March 2, 2001) --Dominican Sister Glenn Anne McPhee, the Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of San Francisco, has been named Secretary for Education at the United States Catholic Conference effective late summer.
Msgr. William P. Fay, USCC General Secretary, made the announcement.
"We are pleased to welcome such an accomplished and respected educator as Sister McPhee to the staff of the Bishops' Conference," said Msgr. Fay. "She brings more than 35 years of wisdom and experience as a teacher and administrator in California, and we are grateful that now all of Catholic education in the United States can benefit from that experience."
Sister McPhee, a member of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, has served as the Superintendent of the Department of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of San Francisco since 1987. Previously, she was an assistant superintendent/regional supervisor for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for eight years, and a principal and teacher in Catholic Schools in several California cities since 1965. Since 1981, she also has been an adjunct professor with the Institute for Catholic Educational Leadership at the University of San Francisco.
Archbishop William J. Levada, Archbishop of San Francisco, said, "The appointment of Sister Glenn Anne McPhee to this national position is a recognition of her long experience and accomplishments in the field of Catholic education. Without a doubt, she has made excellent contributions in the Archdiocese during her tenure as superintendent of schools. I am grateful to God for her many gifts. Sister has our prayers as she undertakes this new set of challenges on a national scale."
A native Californian, Sister McPhee studied history and political science at Holy Names College in Oakland, California, and earned a master's degree in educational administration from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles in 1975. In addition, she holds a certificate in Spirituality from Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles.
Sister McPhee is currently a member of the U.S. Department of Education's Blue Ribbon Schools National Review Panel and the Advisory Board of the University of San Francisco's School of Education. She has served as a member of numerous other boards and commissions in the field of education, including as Treasurer and Chair of the California Catholic School Superintendents; National Catholic Educational Association's (NCEA) Department of Chief Administrators of Catholic Education (CACE) -- Advisory Committee and Research Board Member; NCEA's Department of Elementary Schools Executive Committee; and the Community Education Board of her religious community.
"Sister Glenn Anne's ability has long been recognized, and the community is very happy to share her gifts with the Church at the national level,"said Sister Rose Marie Hennessy, Prioress General of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose.
Msgr. Fay said he is grateful to both Archbishop Levada and Sister Hennessy for allowing Sister McPhee to bring to the Bishops' conference her service to Catholic education.
The Department of Education is one of three major USCC departments. It represents the Bishops' concerns in virtually all aspects of education, including public schools, Catholic schools, catechetical formation and religious education.
Sister McPhee succeeds Mercy Sister Lourdes Sheehan who became Associate General Secretary of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops/US Catholic Conference on January 15.