Dr. Barbara McGraw Edmondson became Visitation's eighth Head of School on July 1, 2019. Dr. Edmondson has spent her entire career in Catholic education. She earned her BA in psychology and an MA in educational psychology from Montclair State University before attaining her EdD in human development at George Washington University. Most recently, Dr. Edmondson served as the Chief Leadership and Program Officer at the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), overseeing the development of a vision for Catholic school education in the United States.
“Barbara not only possesses the many skills required by this role, but also embodies the very traits that we seek to imbue in our students and our community. She is a woman of faith, vision, and purpose,” said Sister Mary Berchmans Hannan '48 & '50, President Emerita and Monastery Superior.
“Throughout my career, I have devoted my work to empowering students with a strong Christ-centered, academically excellent education that prepares them for a technologically advanced and global society,” said Dr. Edmondson.
Before working at NCEA, Dr. Edmondson spent 25 years both in the classroom and as an administrator in Catholic schools. Dr. Edmondson served as the Superintendent of Catholic Schools in Baltimore, overseeing 68 schools, including 13 independent high schools. In 2017, Archbishop William Lori honored her with the Doris Musil Award for Excellence in Catholic Education for her work directing the development and execution of a school governance model, revising curriculum, establishing a comprehensive teacher certification protocol, and developing partnerships with three Catholic universities.
Dr. Edmondson also has experience leading at the school level. In 2000, she founded a new inter-parish elementary school, overseeing the creation of two strategic plans and fundraising more than $10 million to help establish and transform the school during her decade of service. The Archdiocese of Baltimore recognized her outstanding work by naming her its Distinguished Principal in 2004.