Dr. Dougherty has an extensive background in Catholic Education as a past teacher, Principal and most recently as Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Detroit. During his tenure as Superintendent, Dr. Dougherty was responsible for 72 grade schools, 24 high schools, 750 educators and 30,000 students. His expertise in collaborative leadership, administrative directives, educational budgets and finances, his ability to build strong working relationships with faculty, staff and parents, and his very strong Catholic faith has enabled him to achieve amazing success in Catholic Education. Dr. Dougherty believes “Catholic schools that foster open discussions of the teachings of Jesus through the Gospels help students grow not only in their faith but as life long practicing Catholics. The school is called to engage students and guide their Faith journey through discussion, in every classroom, on the playground and in the halls.” A native of Erie, Pennsylvania, Dr. Dougherty earned his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership at the University of Pittsburgh. He also holds a Masters in Counseling Psychology and a BA in History from Mercyhurst University. Dr. Dougherty is very excited to begin his tenure as Principal at Saint Philip School. Welcome, Dr. Dougherty!