Rosi named administrator of Pittsburgh-East schools

Bishop David Zubik has named Joseph Rosi as regional administrator of Pittsburgh-East Regional Catholic Elementary Schools, following the recommendation of the region’s board of directors.

“Our Catholic schools must continue the important evangelizing mission of forming and educating our young people,” Bishop Zubik wrote in his appointment letter to Rosi. “I am confident that you will contribute greatly to our efforts in assuring that our schools become the embodiment of The Church Alive!”

Currently the principal of St. Thomas More School in Bethel Park and a former teacher, STEM liaison and technology coordinator in the Bethel Park School District, Rosi will oversee the daily operation and management of the education programs in the Pittsburgh-East region, which includes 12 Catholic elementary schools and 57 parishes.

The appointment is effective May 15, 2019, with Rosi completing the academic year at St. Thomas More.

“Joe brings a wealth of experience, a great passion for Catholic education, a love for our children and youth, and a desire to help us move forward,” said Father Kris Stubna, board president. “He has a strong vision for what our schools need to do academically and spiritually as we seek to strengthen Catholic education for the future.”

“I’m excited to help students and families encounter Christ through our schools,” Rosi said. “Reverence for the human dignity of every person comes from recognizing Christ in ourselves and others through service, academics and faith formation.”

A native of Bethel Park and member of St. Thomas More Parish, Rosi earned a certificate of advanced graduate studies in leadership and administration from Point Park University, a master’s degree education at Duquesne University, and a bachelor’s in political science at California University of Pennsylvania.

In 2018, he was honored by the Pennsylvania affiliate of the Council on American Private Education with the award for top administrator in primary grades 1-8.

The Pittsburgh-East regional board will transition July 1 from an advisory group to a governing body of clergy and lay leaders representing each parish grouping and providing oversight of Catholic elementary schools in the region.

Regionalization brings together parish elementary schools into geographic regions where every parish grouping has a responsibility for and a voice in Catholic education. The goal of regionalization is to create a system of mission-centered, academically strong schools that are affordable, financially stable, collaborative and accessible within a region, ensuring the viability of Catholic education for generations to come.