6/8/2011 – Washington, DC – Christian Brothers Conference announces the appointment of the founding Executive Director for the Regional Council of Lasallian Association for Mission effective July 1, 2011. The Conference, acting through the Brother Visitors, approved the appointment of Dr. Margaret Wilson McCarty, D.Min. on the recommendation of the Regional Council.

Christian Brothers Conference is the Regional office of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, popularly known as De La Salle Christian Brothers. It serves the four Districts, and the 10,000 educators and 60,000 students at 100 educational institutions in the United States-Toronto Region. The Regional Council is a new and innovative structure of the Conference designed to advance the mission by developing formation policies and programs, supporting and expanding mission activities and ministries, and creating greater partnerships inside and outside the Lasallian world. The Regional Council allows for shared responsibility among Brothers and Partners in furthering the vision of providing a human and Christian education to the young, especially the poor, established by St. John Baptist de La Salle more than 300 years ago.

Dr. McCarty will begin her involvement in the Lasallian world June 26, 2011 by attending the Buttimer Institute of Lasallian Studies in Moraga, CA, an intensive formation and education program studying the life and work of St. La Salle and the origins of the educational mission he founded. She will arrive in the Washington, D.C. Regional Council office July 11, 2011.

The appointment of Dr. McCarty followed a national search that began in the fall of 2010. “In Dr. McCarty we have found a well educated, highly experienced, faith-filled, articulate leader. She will serve as a source of unity and facilitator of creative energy for the development and delivery of Regional programs and services to advance the Lasallian religious and educational mission,” said Brother Robert J. Wickman, F.S.C., Regional Council Chair. “The Regional Council of Lasallian Association for Mission looks forward to establishing a close, effective style of collaboration with her and welcomes her warmly to the Lasallian Family of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and Partners in Mission found throughout the United States-Toronto Region.”

Dr. McCarty is a lifelong Catholic who has served the Church in a number of administrative and ministry positions for the past 34 years. Since 2007, she has served as President of Education for Parish Service, a Catholic theological certificate program offering courses in three Catholic Dioceses on the East Coast. She is experienced in a variety of pastoral settings, including dioceses and parishes, retreat facility, Catholic universities, and Catholic non-profit organizations. Among her many qualifications, she holds a Doctor of Ministry, a Masters of Arts in Theology, a Certificate in Supervisory Leadership, and the Certified Fund Raising Executive designation.

As Executive Director, Dr. McCarty will serve in a major leadership role in developing programs and services to advance the Lasallian Mission in the Region, and promote the Lasallian educational mission. She will be a key representative of the Lasallian network to a variety of church, educational, civic, and governmental entities, as well as business and philanthropic organizations. Dr. McCarty will also plan and implement major development and fundraising initiatives for the Regional Council.

“I am grateful to the Visitors and the Regional Council of Lasallian Association for Mission for naming me the founding Executive Director of the Regional Council,” said Dr. McCarty. “I feel a sense of excitement and I also feel honored to work with the Brothers, Partners and national staff in this new structure as we serve the Districts while simultaneously strengthening the vitality and visibility of the heritage established by St. John Baptist de La Salle.”