Saint Joseph Academy (SJA) enthusiastically announces that Stephen Cappuccio has been named President and Head of School. Cappuccio is a highly regarded educational leader who has demonstrated a consistent and proven record over the course of his 18 years at Saint Augustine Preparatory School in Richland, New Jersey.
Since 2019, Cappuccio has served as the Dean of Academics where he oversaw the academic program and was responsible for the supervision and evaluation of 80 employees. Among other things, Cappuccio was responsible for the academic curriculum, college counseling and student services, and other student development programs including several innovative and unique educational programs such as Saint Augustine’s Third Semester (experiential learning program), Veritas Speaker Program, and Caritas Social Service Program.
Cappuccio also served as Dean of Enrollment Management for nearly 10 years. In this role, his responsibilities spanned all facets of enrollment management which included admissions, financial aid, transportation, summer programs, marketing, and communications. During this time, Cappuccio played a significant role increasing enrollment year-over-year to where it stands today at nearly 700 students.
Moreover, as part of the senior leadership team and a member of the Academic Council, he was a key contributor to Saint Augustine’s curriculum and program development and collaborated on all personnel, programmatic, and financial decisions. He was also instrumental in the school’s recent launch of its 8th Grade Initiative.
“Stephen Cappuccio embodies all the qualities that SJA was looking for in a President and Head of School. He’s a dynamic, strategic, and steady leader who has a strong passion for education and student development. His record at the Prep resoundingly demonstrates his significant abilities as a strong Catholic leader,” said Jeff Umosella, Chairman of SJA’s Board of Trustees.
In addition to his vast experience as an administrator, Cappuccio has developed and taught various history and social studies courses and chaired the history department at Bishop Eustace Preparatory School earlier in his career.
“I am humbled by the opportunity that St. Joseph Academy has presented me. I know this school community to be one of passion, and I am most excited to work with the students, faculty, and all stakeholders in making St. Joseph Academy live its mission and to deliver an exceptional values-based educational experience to young men and women in Southern New Jersey,” said Stephen Cappuccio.
Cappuccio earned a Master’s Degree in School Leadership from Wilmington University where he graduated with honors and his Bachelor’s Degree in History, with a minor in Theology and Education, from Mount St. Mary’s University.
Please join us in welcoming Stephen Cappuccio as SJA’s President and Head of School and as a member of the Wildcat Family.