The Archdiocese of San Francisco is pleased to announce that Chris Fisher will be the next Superintendent of the Archdiocesan Department of Catholic Schools. Chris will assume the position of superintendent on July 1, 2024, after completing his role as executive director of the Portsmouth Institute for Faith and Culture at Portsmouth Abbey and School, a Benedictine monastery and Catholic boarding school in Rhode Island….

Chris is a prominent leader in Catholic education. For the past decade, he has demonstrated transformative leadership at the Portsmouth Institute, a renowned center for advancing the Catholic intellectual tradition. In his tenure, the Portsmouth Institute launched the innovative Center for Science and the Liberal Arts at Portsmouth Abbey School and an experiential summer program for students to study English Catholic literature at Oxford University.

“With the appointment of Chris Fisher as superintendent by Archbishop Cordileone, the Archdiocese of San Francisco becomes the place to watch,” said Thomas Carroll, Superintendent of Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Schools.

Chris has published internationally on the mission of Catholic education, with articles in the Catholic Herald (UK), the University of Notre Dame’s Church Life Journal, and Our Sunday Visitor. He edited and contributed to Cluny Media’s collection of essays by John Henry Cardinal Newman, A Benedictine Education. A distinguished speaker on Catholic education and evangelization, Chris has presented at prestigious institutions including Yale, Benedictine College, and the University of Notre Dame.

He received his M.A. in Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas (MN), a graduate certificate in School Leadership and Management from Harvard Business School and earned a B.A. in Political Philosophy from Salve Regina University.

He has served on the board of trustees of Saint Benedict’s Classical Academy, a celebrated Catholic classical school in Natick, Massachusetts, and on the Classic Learning Test Board of Academic Advisors.

From the Archdiocese of San Francisco