Gill ‘coming back home’ to take newly created position as chief administrative officer of Quincy Catholic Schools

Chris Gill

Christopher Gill | Photo courtesy of Quincy Catholic Schools

QUINCY — Christopher Gill has been hired to be the chief administrative officer of Quincy Catholic Schools.

Gill has been the vice president of student affairs and dean of students for Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio. He previously was the dean of student life at Culver-Stockton College.

The search committee was composed of four board members:

  • Andrew Mays (board president, St. Peter)
  • Erin Fraizer (board vice president, St. Anthony)
  • Aaron Weiman (St. Francis Solanus)
  • Jacob Tadeo (Blessed Sacrament).

Gill interviewed with a panel of principals from Blessed Sacrament, St. Dominic, St. Francis Solanus, St. Peter and Quincy Notre Dame/. He also interviewed with members of the QCS Corporate Board:

  • Msgr. Leo Enlow, St. Peter
  • Father Steven Arisman, St. Francos Solanus
  • Father Tom Donovan, St. Anthony
  • Fr. Tom Meyer, Blessed Sacrament
  • Brandi Borries, Diocese of Springfield

The chief administrative officer will unite Quincy’s four parochial elementary schools into a unified school system in collaboration with the Diocese of Springfield. The CAO will oversee leadership members at each campus.

“This is an exciting time for our Quincy Catholic Schools,” Mays said in a press release. “The hiring of a new chief administrative officer is the next step in our schools’ shared governance. Our new board, along with our wonderful staff, have been working hard to ensure the best aspects of each of our schools can be shared between them. This new role is the next piece of the puzzle that will allow us to realize these shared goals.”

Gill joined Notre Dame College in July 2021 after 10 years at Culver-Stockton. While at C-SC, he served two years as co-chair of the National Leadership Symposium sponsored by the National Association for Campus Activities and the National Clearing House for Leadership Programs.  Gill also established a leadership development program at Culver-Stockton which was sponsored by the Wilfred and Ann Lee Konneker Endowment for Leadership.

He also served five years as a member of the board of directors of the National Association of Campus Activities. He is a member of National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. He has been a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission since 2017.

“I look forward to working with our four existing parochial elementary schools to create a unified school system in collaboration with the Diocese of Springfield,” Gill said. “Catholic education is helping our youth better understand how Jesus is present in their lives founded on strong academics that develop the whole person. Quincy Catholic Schools have been excelling in this aspect for many years, and I see my role as maximizing that strength while collaborating with the leadership and faculty at each school.

Before joining Culver-Stockton, Gill worked for 12 years as director of student development at Fontbonne University in Clayton, Mo.

“My family can’t wait to return to the area,” Gill said. “Quincy is like a family, and who wouldn’t want to be part of a city that feels so welcoming? It truly feels like coming back home.”

Quincy Catholic Schools has started the process to compose a new strategic plan. Eight domains have been identified as the focus of this process:

  • Catholic identity
  • Academics/technology
  • Advancement/strategic communication
  • Enrollment management/marketing
  • Facilities/technology infrastructure
  • Finances
  • Governance
  • Student Life (athletics, fine arts, service, after-school programs, etc.)

Each domain will be co-chaired by a member of the Board of Specified Jurisdiction and a member of one of the QCS parishes. Each domain committee will include community members and faculty/staff liaisons from each campus. Information will be provided in the coming weeks on how people can participate in the process

Based on the information and recommendations provided by these domain committees, the committee co-chairs will develop the comprehensive goals and objectives of the strategic plan that will be shared with the community at the end of the strategic planning process.

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