Cathedral Preparatory School
Villa Maria Academy


The Most Rev. Lawrence T. Persico and the Erie Catholic
Preparatory School (ECPS) Board of Directors announced
on January 13, 2022 that Kevin Smith had been selected as our
new president. An extensive, national search was conducted by Carney-Sandoe & Associates, and applicants from across the country were considered. Smith’s successful experience as an administrator, which includes over three decades as a professional educator, set him apart from other candidates. Throughout the interview process, it was clear he was a right fit for the ECPS family.

“I am truly honored and humbled to serve the Villa Maria
Cathedral Preparatory Catholic School System community. I am
inspired by its mission and the leaders who came before me.
By Bishop Persico and the Board of Directors who have worked
tirelessly to advance the schools’ mission. By the alumni who
have passionately supported these schools. By the faculty and
staff who have demonstrated excellence in Catholic education.
By the students who impress us with their curiosity and
initiative. By the families who put their faith and trust in these
schools, and by our friends of the schools who have fostered a
deep sense of community and partnership,” Smith said at his
introductory press conference at the Hagerty Family Events
Center. “I can’t wait to work hand in hand with everyone to
take the schools to their potential.”

Smith served at Monte Cassino School in Tulsa, Okla.,
as its Head of School and Chief Executive Officer before beginning his tenure. During his 37 years as a professional educator, he has worked in several outstanding private schools. At Monte Cassino, Smith led a
thriving campus that is home to 780 students and 150 faculty and staff. Under his leadership, the school has become one of the best Catholic schools in our nation. Guided by an ambitious strategic plan, Monte Cassino has advanced its mission and enrollment and launched innovative programs to attract underserved students, while continuing to advance an already excellent academic program.

In addition to leading the school, Smith is active in school accreditation, leading many site visits and serving on the Accreditation Review Committee for the Independent Schools of the Central States. He also serves on the Advisory Council for the School of Education and Health Sciences at the University of Dayton (UD), his alma mater. Smith was a magna cum laude graduate from UD in 1985 and earned his Masters of Education degree from Bowling Green State University in exercise sciences. While at UD, he served on the Academic Affairs Committee, the Athletic Advisory Committee and the Health Education/Physical Education Club. He was also a founding member and officer of the professional education fraternity, Epsilon Delta Upsilon.

Smith is married to Maria Pace Smith, who works in information technology. They have two children, T.J. and Maggie. Away from work, you might find him on his mountain bike, skiing, golfing, reading or playing with his kids.

Mr. Kevin Smith