Sister Mary Agnes Greiffendorf, O.P., Ph.D., Director
Sister Mary Agnes Greiffendorf, O.P. is a Dominican Sister of St. Cecilia from Nashville, Tennessee, a religious congregation that has engaged in the apostolate of Catholic education for over 160 years. Sister Mary Agnes has been a member of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia since 1997. She assumed leadership of the Institute for the Transformation of Catholic Education in the fall of 2021.
Sister Mary Agnes has taught in Catholic elementary and secondary schools and served in numerous administrative positions including President of Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee, Principal of St. Pius V School in Providence, Rhode Island, Director of Bethany Retreat House in Dickson, Tennessee, Associate Director of Faith Formation at St. James Catholic Church in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, and Assistant Director of Development for St. Cecilia Congregation. As Director of Education and Coordinator of New Evangelization Initiatives for her religious congregation, she supported the work of her sisters in their teaching and leadership in over 50 educational institutions of all levels in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Europe.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in teacher education from Aquinas College in Nashville, a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Notre Dame, a master’s degree in theology from Providence College, and a Ph.D. in Catholic educational leadership from The Catholic University of America. Her dissertation research explored the ways that leaders of American congregations of women religious have prepared their sisters for the teaching apostolate both in the past and in the present. She serves on the Board of Directors for the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA).
Sister Mary Agnes receives support and guidance in planning, strategizing, and programming of the Institute from the ITCE Board of Advisors.