A VERY BIG congratulations to our principal, who we will now call Dr. Victor Pellechia! He defended his doctoral dissertation on June 27 as the final step in his eight year journey to earn his Doctorate in Education from The George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development. This accomplishment is the culmination of years of dedication to his research, studies, and analysis. Was it a coincidence that his defense was scheduled on the Feast Day for Our Lady of Perpetual Help? We think not! Dr. Pellechia’s dissertation studied aspects of ethical leadership, titled: Do we value “values” in education? A study of values alignment in the ethical decision-making of Catholic school principals.
“The purpose of his study was to explore personal and organizational values, their influence and alignment, in the ethical decision-making of Catholic school principals. Semi-structured interviews allowed the 12 participants to explore personal and school values, areas of congruence and dissonance, methods for resolving dissonance, the process of values alignment, and the influence of the Catholic school culture. Site observations and analyses of mission statements provided insight as to community values for each of the participating schools. The process of ethical decision-making through multiple paradigms formed the active connection relating individual and communal value sets.” The good news is “yes”, there is a relationship between values-driven leadership and ethical decision making.
Congratulations Dr. Pellechia! Our school is very blessed to have such a principled leader as our principal!