Executive Director, Council on American Private Education
Education: B.A., Manhattan College
M.A., The New School for Social Research
Joe McTighe has been executive director of the Council for American Private Education
(CAPE) since July 1, 1996. CAPE is a coalition of national organizations and state affiliates serving private elementary and secondary schools. There are over 33,000 private schools in America; nearly 5.5 million students attend them. CAPE member organizations represent about 80 percent of private school enrollment nationwide. CAPE’s mission is to preserve and promote educational pluralism so that parents have a choice in the schooling of their children.
Prior to his service at CAPE, Joe worked for 15 years as associate director at the New York State Catholic Conference, where he served as executive secretary to the NYS Council of Catholic School Superintendents. Before that, Joe worked in the Catholic schools office for the Diocese of Albany, NY, served as principal of a Catholic elementary school in Albany, and taught at an inner-city Catholic school in Manhattan.
Joe received a B.A. in philosophy from Manhattan College, an M.A. in philosophy from The New School for Social Research, and completed his Ph.D. coursework in philosophy and education at Columbia University.