In just a few weeks, the Canadian Catholic School Trustees’ Association will have a new executive director at the helm.
Julian Hanlon was named as the next leader of the national organization earlier this spring, and will take over the post of executive director on July 1, 2015.
CCSTA president, Mike St. Amand, said the association is pleased to welcome Hanlon to the position. “Julian is the right person at the right time for our organization,” he said. “We’re fortunate to have the opportunity to tap into his depth and wealth of knowledge for Catholic education.”
Current executive director, John Stunt, agreed with St. Amand, saying that Hanlon is a proven leader who is well known in Catholic education circles.
“We welcome Julian whole-heartedly and know that he will make the transition seamless, putting his enthusiasm and connections within the Catholic education sphere to good use with CCSTA,” Stunt said.
In fact, Hanlon has served in many capacities throughout the spectrum of Catholic education: as a teacher, vice-principal, principal, supervisory officer and currently as the director of education for the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB). He has been with the school board for 36 years and was recently awarded with the Ontario Catholic Supervisory Officers’ Association Distinguished Leadership Award.
According to information provided by the OCSB, Hanlon advocates for board priorities that have guided the OCSB’s goal to achieve success for every student, while also distinguishing himself as a valued contributor shaping the education technology direction for school boards.
Stunt, who is continuing on with the organization until the end of June, has been with CCSTA as its executive director since 2010. Stunt also brought practical experience to the position with CCSTA, serving as a teacher, school and board administrator, director of education, as well as executive director for the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association, before taking his current post.
During Stunt’s term with CCSTA, he assisted the board in achieving balanced budgets through creating greater operating efficiencies while increasing revenue from outside sources and profits realized from the annual conference. Also, 2015 revenues increased for Toonies for Tuition by 20 per cent over 2014 due to a targeted campaign.
Receptions for politicians and staff on Parliament Hill, attendance at political events in Ottawa, the creation of a lobby kit and outreach to elected representatives highlight some of the government relations activities under Stunt’s leadership term.
St. Amand noted that Stunt is an outstanding executive director, often flying under the radar, offering sound advice, but knowing when guidance is warranted. “He has worked hard for Catholic education and is so good at what he does; good at understanding and reading the situation. He has proven to be a committed leader and is a man of knowledge in things needed for this organization.”
This year, CCSTA celebrates its 55th anniversary. Since its inception in 1960, CCSTA has had six executive directors, including John Middleweek (1960-1977), Fr. Patrick H. Fogarty (1977-1985), Dr. B.E. Nelligan (1985-1992), Dr. John Flynn (1992-2004), W. Gregory McNally (2004-2009) and John Stunt (2010-2015).