Archdiocese welcomes new Superintendent of Catholic Schools

August 19, 2014

HOUSTON — As the new Superintendent of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Dr. Julie Vogel said she has a broad perspective across all levels of education, understands the essence of good teaching and has the ability to create and sustain strong relationships with a variety of people.

"It's a tremendous opportunity to grow personally and to build the potential for the Archdiocese to play a role at the national level on Catholic education," Vogel said. "Everything is in place here to make that happen."

Just a month into the job, Vogel met with principals as they returned from summer break and believes those leaders are an essential part to boosting the profile of Archdiocesan schools.

"I want to know the people who are running our schools, because in this system the role of principals is truly important," she said. 

Vogel, 49, was hired to take the place of Sister Kevina Keating, CCVI, who resigned last year from the position.

It is a job Vogel relishes and believes she is equipped to do well. She brings a breadth and depth of experience from her 27 years in education, from teaching public school and instructing student teachers at the college level to heading up a Catholic school and top level school administration in the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon.

Daniel Cardinal DiNardo said he is pleased Vogel is the new Superintendent of Catholic Schools.

"In my discussions with her, I find that her enthusiasm is matched only by her intelligence and knowledge about what Catholic education means," he said.

Prior to starting her new job July 1, Vogel was director of instructional services and accreditation and assistant superintendent for Catholic schools in the Portland Archdiocese, during which time she created a new mission, vision and learning principles and managed accreditation for 43 of the 50 schools. 

Before that, Vogel turned around a struggling Archdiocesan school. During her three-year tenure as principal, student enrollment increased by more than 75 percent, and there was marked improvement in student achievement and engagement. 

In developing a new strategic plan with community input, she also ushered the school into financial and institutional sustainability.
"Our loss is Houston's gain," said Gregory VanderZanden, of the Archdiocese of Portland. "Simply put, Dr. Vogel raised the bar to a higher level of excellence and expectation for our schools in the key areas of curriculum and accreditation." 

Vogel and her husband Peter are the parents of three children. The two oldest are in college, while the youngest, a daughter, will attend Incarnate Word Academy in the fall as a freshman. "I'm delighted to be part of that community," Vogel said.