Educational Directions: Catholic School Leadership

Catholic School Leadership

To drive sustainable success, today’s Catholic school leaders must balance the achievement of academic excellence with the management skills and financial acumen that will fuel professional development and operational vitality, while carefully nurturing the Catholic mission. Understanding leadership in this context is at the crux of every successful Catholic School Leadership search endeavor.

EduDx has been involved in searches for a number of Catholic schools, both religiously sponsored and diocesan, in their quest for a new president or head of school. Each school required a different skill set from its new leader based upon current needs, the context of the search, and other circumstances involved in the transition of leadership. For religiously sponsored schools, we have been skillful in understanding the charism of the religious group(s) sponsoring the school and how this informs the mission and core values of the institution.

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Our Catholic School Leadership Specialists

Mathew Heersche, Ed.D.

Matt has 30 years of experience working with independent Catholic schools (i.e. sponsored schools) and has his doctorate from the Institute of Catholic Educational Leadership at the University of San Francisco. Prior to joining Educational Directions, he served as Head of School at San Domenico School in San Anselmo, CA, an independent Catholic PK-grade 12 school sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Rafael. Matthew has held a variety of other leadership positions in Catholic schools in Southern and Northern California. Currently, he serves on the board of the Academy of Notre Dame, a PreK-12 Catholic school sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. His understanding of Catholic education, governance and its unique challenges is unmatched.

Risa Oganesoff Heersche

Risa has extensive teaching and admissions experience in independent and religiously sponsored Catholic schools. The skills she honed to become an effective director of admissions are directly relevant to her work as a search consultant, making her deeply effective at understanding the nuances that impact each school’s leadership needs.

Matt and Risa have joined together on a number of chief executive (Head of School/President) searches, including a large number of Catholic school searches. The relationships that they have developed over many years of working in independent and Catholic schools offer our clients an invaluable resource for finding and engaging the highest quality candidates. Their networks span a broad range of resources in independent schools, Catholic schools (diocesan, religiously sponsored and independent), higher education (particularly those universities with Catholic Educational Leadership Programs), international schools, and more.

For a free consultation please contact:

Mathew Heersche, Ed.D.


Risa Oganesoff Heersche