Starratt Honored for Work in Jesuit Education

Starratt Honored for Work in Jesuit Education

By Stephen Gawlik
Staff Writer

Prof. Robert "Jerry" Starratt (LSOE) has been honored for his contributions to a major American Jesuit educational organization.
Starratt, who has taught education administration at the Lynch School of Education since 1997, was presented the Ignatian Educator Award by the Jesuit Secondary Education Association at its 30th anniversary colloquium in Los Angeles this past summer.

(Photo By Lee Pelligrini)
The JSEA offers resources and services to help its 46 member schools maintain their Ignatian vision and Jesuit mission of educational excellence. Starratt helped write the preamble to the JSEA's constitution and was involved with its core activities during its first 15 years.

"Jerry Starratt can rightfully be called one of the founding fathers of the JSEA," said the association's president, Fr. Joseph O'Connell, SJ, at the presentation.

Interviewed recently, Starratt recalled how the JSEA first came together during tumultuous times for the United States and the Catholic Church, whose leadership was still trying to come to terms with the changes offered by Vatican II.

"The association was founded during a time when people in Jesuit schools were asking, 'What makes us unique?'" he said. "And we're still asking that.

"With staffs that were increasingly comprised of lay professionals, we knew that we had to act in order to remain true to St. Ignatius Loyola," he said.

Today, he said, the JSEA's activities include providing training for prospective presidents and principals of Jesuit high schools, assisting schools in developing curriculum consistent with the ideals of Jesuit education and offering summer sessions for religion teachers.

A Newton native and former Jesuit, Starratt also taught at Fordham University after serving as a principal and teacher at Regis High School in Denver, Fairfield Prep in Fairfield, Conn., and the Cranwell School in Lenox, Mass.


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