METUCHEN, NJ - When Dr. Gregory Brandao arrived on the campus of St. Joseph High School, he said it was the young men that attend the school that impressed him immediately. Brandao, came to New Jersey from Louisiana this summer to become the school’s new president.
Brandao is charged with managing the school’s infrastructure, finances and fundraising. To this role he brings a proven track record and lifetime of service that was sparked in his junior year of high school when a teacher simply asked if Brandao had ever considered being a teacher.
Since then, Brandao has earned an undergraduate degree in Secondary Mathematics Education from Louisiana State University, a Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of New Orleans. He then went on to obtain a Master’s of Pastoral Studies from Loyola University and finally a Doctorate of Education from the University of San Francisco. Brandao has worked as a teacher, school administrator and a consultant across many platforms including education, industry and healthcare.
Brandao said he plans to build a strategic action plan with a long term vision for the school. He is quick to stress the word action is the main part of any great plan. One of his visions is to build up an endowment to be used as tuition assistance for students in need of financial support.
A graduate of Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Brandao is proud to be a steward of the charism of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart under which he was educated. He sees his role as much more than that of an administrator to the school’s resources. Brandao embraces the opportunity to build relationships with parents, staff, the community and above all, the young men that attend St. Joseph.
In line with the mission of St. Joseph High School, Brandao appreciates the opportunity to get to know each of the boys in the school and to ensure each feels valued and cared for as they mature through their years of education, faith and brotherhood. “We care about the boys first, and foremost, everything else comes from there. We are educating not just for Harvard, but for heaven, not just about making a living but making a life,” said Brandao.
To learn more about the mission, vision and values of St. Joseph High School, visit, their website or call 732-549-7600.
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