New Principal Named  to Notre Dame – Bishop Gibbons School, Schenectady
July 01, 2018

New Principal Named to Notre Dame – Bishop Gibbons School, Schenectady

New Principal Named

to Notre Dame – Bishop Gibbons School, Schenectady

Bishop Scharfenberger taps Mater Christi Assistant Principal for Role



Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger today named Kiante Jones, an experienced Capital Region educator, as the new principal of Notre Dame – Bishop Gibbons School, a 6th-12th grade Albany Catholic Diocese school in Schenectady, effective July 1, 2018.


“I am so pleased that we have found such an extraordinary educator, leader and model of the faith,” Bishop Scharfenberger said. “Kiante has a wonderful combination of talent, passion and vision. I am confident that he will serve as an inspiring example to all the students, faculty, staff and families of Notre Dame – Bishop Gibbons School. We are fortunate and blessed to welcome him as another great collaborator for Catholic education.”


Mr. Jones served as the assistant principal at Mater Christi School in Albany for the current school year, and prior to that was the assistant principal at Newburgh’s South Middle School. He has extensive experience as a teacher and administrator in the Schenectady, Troy and Hoosick Falls public school districts.


“This is a tremendous opportunity, and I am excited about the range of possibilities going forward for Notre Dame – Bishop Gibbons students,” Mr. Jones said. “As principal, one of my priorities will be to ensure that every student receives individualized attention and unparalleled instruction. One of the greatest benefits of being principal of ND-BG is being able to share my faith with the school community while nurturing the spiritual and moral development of students.”


Mr. Jones earned a master’s degree in Secondary Education from the University at Albany, and is a certified New York State School Building Leader and New York State School District Leader. He is studying for his doctorate in Educational Administration and Policy Studies at the University at Albany.


A communicant at All Saints Parish in Albany, he lives in Albany with his wife and four children.


Mr. Jones replaces Peter Fusco, who led the school from 2014 until January 2018. For the last four months, Assistant Principal Pat Moran and teacher Ritch Harrigan have served as interim principal and interim assistant principal, respectively.


Giovanni Virgiglio, Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese, said Mr. Jones is an exceptional candidate. “We had a very strong field of candidates for the position, and Mr. Jones stood out amid a group of talented individuals,” he said. “Our ministry as Catholic school leaders is not simply a career, but rather a calling. We are glad Mr. Jones answered God’s call to servant leadership, building on the rich legacy and storied history that is Notre Dame – Bishop Gibbons.”