Center for Catholic Education history

The Center for Catholic Education grew out of a simple, but important, question: What can the University of Dayton and other Catholic universities do to help Catholic elementary and secondary schools? The CCE has been working diligently to answer this question since it was founded in 1996.

The idea for the Center for Catholic Education first came about when Dr. Theodore Wallace, then-president of local Chaminade Julienne (CJ) High School and Mr. Clay Mathile, a local business leader, began exploring opportunities to improve the business and financial aspects of the Catholic high school’s operation. After these efforts brought about great improvements in the CJ community, Wallace and Mathile sought to share their newfound wisdom with other Catholic schools through a practical cooperative effort. Soon, the idea for a Center for Catholic Education was hatched and proposed to Bro. Ray Fitz, S.M., President of the University of Dayton.

The idea caught on quickly with the support of many friends in the school and wider Catholic community. The Center for Catholic Education got rolling through the generosity of an anonymous, three-year, $1.2 million donation.

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