The Archdiocese of New York:

Steve Virgadamo

Steve Virgadamo

Continuing a career wholly dedicated to promoting the apostolic ministries of the Catholic Church, Steve Virgadamo presently works as the Executive Vice President of Bursari, an online education payment system, and previously worked with the Archdiocese of New York as the Associate Superintendent for Leadership. Under his direction, the Archdiocese has undergone improvements and enhancements that have manifested in a number of ways, including identifying, recruiting, and forming 21st-century school leaders.

Steve Virgadamo Leadership

Steve Virgadamo’s Leadership

During Steve Virgadamo’s tenure, the Archdiocese of New York has experienced a great increase in the efficacy of its own mission and that of the Regional Global School system. Aside from achieving various goals, he has recently served as the architectural engineer of a successful school leader appraisal process used by not only the Archdiocese of New York, but also many other schools in the entire network of churches nationwide.

Curran Principal Academy

The Curran Principal Academy is a program for those aspiring to become principals at private and Catholic schools. In addition to his role as an Associate Superintendent, Steven Virgadamo serves as Executive Director of the Curran Principal Academy. In his current capacity, Steven is responsible for:

  • Mentoring of over a dozen Principal Academy Fellows
  • Securing over $300k in support for the Curran Principal Fellows
  • Working with corporate sponsors to fund various events, such as bi-annual principal meetings and excursions.

Given his experience managing and marketing Catholic and other private schools, Steve is a world-renowned consultant, traveling throughout the world to share his expertise with school administrations, pastors, etc. He brings a fresh perspective of leadership to the table, which has enhanced his unique approach of hosting retreats, conducting seminars, and focusing schools on overall school improvement.

Steve Virgadamo Before the Archdiocese:

Originally, Steve Virgadamo served as the Associate Director for Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) at the University of Notre Dame, located in Indiana. Steve’s groundbreaking leadership and consulting techniques were centered on the governance, strategic planning, executive searches, marketing, enrollment, and development of Notre Dame. He additionally oversaw the activities of Alliance for Catholic Education members in dioceses across the country.

Outside of Notre Dame, Steve also worked as the National Director of Development for the North American Territory for Legion of Christ and the College of Humanities in Cheshire, Connecticut, where he was in charge of strategic fundraising, accounting, budgeting resources and managing fundraising operations. Engaging with Chief Development Officers for the Legion of Christ Inc. from around the world, Steve developed a long-term growth and development strategy for a more integrated global system to be integrated in Europe, Mexico, South America, and Central America.

During his career, Steve Virgadamo has remained involved with Catholic School Management, Inc. a firm of which he was a founding Associate. Over the course of 20 years, he began as a founding Associate and played a key role in the firm’s growth and development. At the same time, he served as senior consultant and executive on projects in over two thousand institutions throughout the United States, for which, in addition to providing leadership management, he developed the business, training programs, and partnership agreements. He retired from Catholic School Management Inc. before it was sold to Christian Brothers Investment Services and today he is a Partner with Partners in Mission, Inc where he continues to provide the highest level of professional counsel to Catholic schools and diocese throughout the country.

Steve Virgadamo’s Education and Military Career:

Among Steve Virgadamo’s proudest achievements is being one of the few to receive an appointment to attend each of the United States’ Military Academies. In the end, he decided to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, passing up West Point and Annapolis. It was here that Steve first began focusing on developing leadership skills. It was here, at the Air Force Academy, that much of his leadership knowledge and motivational strategy was developed based upon what he had learned during this time. It was also here that his core values were solidified: God, country, and family.

In addition to the Air Force Academy, Steve attended St. Francis College, and completed graduate-level studies at Long Island University and the New School for Social Research.


Listen to Steve Virgadamo on The Catholic Teacher Podcast  on Apple Podcast and their website!