Steve Virgadamo

Bursari  •  New York City, NY  •  [email protected]

Steven Virgadamo presently works as the Executive Vice President of Bursari, an online education payment system, and formerly worked with the Archdiocese of New York as the Associate Superintendent for Leadership. Under his direction, the Archdiocese has undergone improvements and enhancements that have manifested in a number of ways, including identifying, recruiting, and forming 21st century school leaders.



Executive Vice President, 2020 - Present

Bursari - From the Medieval Latin Bursarius meaning treasurer or person responsible for business operations of a college or school.  Bursari is powered by Fiserv and is the 21st century transaction-processing system. making it faster and easier to pay and complete comprehensive transactions for just about everything related to the business of education.

Archdiocese of New York

Associate Superintendent for Leadership, 2014 - 2019

The Archdiocese of New York is one of the largest school systems including elementary and secondary schools covering the boroughs of the Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island and reaching north into Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, Ulster and Sullivan Counties. Steven Virgadamo provided direct oversight and formation to school leaders, and developed a strategic plan and a related culture of succession planning to replenish the overall Archdiocesan system with 12-15 new principals.

University of Notre Dame

Associate Director - Alliance for Catholic Education, 2011 - 2014

Steven Virgadamo provided thought leadership and served as the lead consultant on various projects for Alliance for Catholic Education, specializing in the areas of governance, strategic planning, executive searches, marketing/enrollment management and development. 

College of the Humanities

National Director of Development - North American Territories, 2008 - 2011

Steven Virgadamo was responsible for strategic fundraising direction, fiduciary oversight, resource planning and fundraising operations. He conducted an assessment of existing philanthropic strengths and opportunities, and created a strategic vision for long term growth and success in development. Steven Virgadamo also developed a regionalized fundraising process in which he recruited, staffed and supervised a team to support seven regional offices in support of North American fundraising efforts. 

Catholic School of Management

Vice President, 1988 - 2008

Steven Virgadamo served as Vice President and the senior consultant on projects in more than 2000 educational institutions in 43 states. He developed and executed training programs for board members and development professionals in donor cultivation and solicitation skills. Steve also conducted major gift solicitations in partnership with board members and key administrators.

Diocese of Wilmington

Director of Development and Stewardship, 1986-1988

Steven Virgadamo worked collaboratively with key constituencies as a member of the senior leadership team to provide fund raising insight and strategic planning guidance. He supervised a staff of six development professionals, planned and implemented a giving campaign which generated $5 million annually, and managed a database of 30,000 active prospects.

Foundation for the Advancement of Catholic Schools

Executive Director, 1982-1986

Steven Virgadamo established the Foundation for the Advancement of Catholic Schools (FACS), and innaugurated a $15 million endowment campaign. He designed and conducted an annual fund campaign to provide scholarship support for students attending inner city schools.

Archdiocese of Hartford

Associate Superintendent, 1982-1986


Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus


New School for Social Research

Post Graduate Studies

St. Francis College

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Personal Website

Steven Virgadamo dedicates his entire career to furthering the Catholic Church’s social impact. For over twenty years, Steve has unrelentingly contributed endless improvements and direction to a knowledgeable and professional network of school leaders and administration.

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Honors & Awards

NCEA 2018 President’s Awards Recipients Announced

Steven Virgadamo, associate superintendent for leadership of the Archdiocese of New York, will be presented with the John F. Meyers Award. This award is bestowed upon an individual or organization that has provided substantial support for Catholic education in the areas of development, public relations, scholarship programs, financial management or government relations.

NCEA Honors Associate Superintendent for Leadership Formation

Steven Virgadamo, associate superintendent for leadership formation of the archdiocese, received the Msgr. John F. Meyers Award from the National Catholic Educational Association at the organization’s convention in April of 2018.

Virgadamo Named One of the Most Influential People in the Last 25 Years of Catholic Education

Steven Virgadamo was unanimously chosen by the Board of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) as this year’s recipient of the 2018 Monsignor John Meyers Presidential Award.

Steve Virgadamo Selected to Launch the Entrepreneurial Leadership Series at New York’s Fordham University

Fordham University – the Jesuit University of New York – selected Steven Virgadamo to launch the 2016-2017 Entrepreneurial Leadership Series.

Curran Catholic School Leadership Academy

Steven Virgadamo serves as the Executive Director of Curran Catholic School Leadership Academy. He is often regarded as one of the most qualified individuals to lead a new generation of Catholic school leaders. For many years, Steve has provided thought leadership to Church leaders, Trustees, and Board members. His expert counsel has led many Bishops, Chief Finance Officers, Superintendents, Pastors, and Principals to consider him to be the expert in both Church and school management.

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5 Leadership Characteristics of Effective Catholic School Leaders 

Steven Virgadamo of the Archdiocese of New York shares 5 leadership characteristics of Catholic school leaders, and the skills needed to flourish in an educational system.

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Catholic Books to Add to Your Reading List 

Steven Virgadamo lists a few Catholic books to add to the reading lists of those who wish to enhance their faith.

Education Technologies of the Future 

Steven Virgadamo lists a number of technological innovations being introduced to classrooms across the country and how they are changing the ways of traditional teaching.

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An Interview with Steve Virgadamo

2/1/19: Published by Profiles in Catholicism and conducted by Gordon Nary.


Steven Virgadamo resides in New York, NY.

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