Daniel F. Curtin, MEd

Daniel F. Curtin, MEd (no photo)


School of Education

Academic Credentials

Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, 2002, Mount Saint Mary’s University; M.Ed. degree in School Administration, 1976, George Mason University; M.A. degree in American History, 1983, University of Notre Dame; B.S degree in American History, 1964, Mt. St. Mary’ University


Daniel F. Curtin’s career in Catholic education includes service as a teacher, counselor, and administrator. He currently serves as an adjunct instructor at Marymount University. For 21 years, he was a teacher and administrator at Mackin Catholic High School, Washington, DC. In 1976, he was appointed the first lay principal at Mackin and of any school sponsored by the Brothers of Holy Cross in the United States. From 1985 – 1999, Mr. Curtin served on the personal staff of Washington Archbishop James Cardinal Hickey as Secretary for Catholic Education responsible for all educational programs in more than ninety-five elementary and secondary schools. From 1999 to 2011, Curtin was Executive Director of Chief Administrators of Catholic Education at the National Catholic Educational Association, where he provided professional programs for 190 Catholic school superintendents and others. He also served as a Consultant for Catholic Education for the Diocese of Arlington before retiring in 2020. Mr. Curtin serves on numerous Boards, including as past Chair of Mt. St. Mary’s University Board of Trustees. Mr. Curtin is the recipient of two Papal Awards in recognition of his service to the Catholic Church. Curtin enjoys reading new works on American history.

Teaching Areas

History of American Education; History of American Catholic Education

Research Interests

American History, 1945 – present; Catholic Education History, 1800 – present; School Boards and Councils; Strategic Planning


Various articles on Catholic education history and issues in news publications and educational journals.


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Email: daniel.curtin@marymount.edu