Dr. Lisa Grillo '89 Named Interim President

The Board of Directors and Daughters of Charity Ministries, Inc. are thrilled to announce that Lisa M. Grillo, Ed.D, (Seton class of 1989) will serve as Seton’s Interim President for the 2021-22 school year.

“I am delighted that Seton has been blessed with a very talented and experienced leader in Dr. Lisa Grillo. As a Seton alumna, she understands our mission and the values we want to instill in our students,” said Sister Jane Graves, Chair of the Board of Directors. “I am confident that she will work collaboratively with the Board and school Leadership Council during the coming year as we transition to the President-Principal model for Seton. Let us keep Dr. Grillo and all the Seton community in our prayers during this time of transition.”

Dr. Grillo’s extensive experience as an educator, administrator and professor makes her ideal to lead Seton at this moment in time. She brings more than 25 years of experience in school districts across Maryland, the District of Columbia, and North Carolina, having served as a teacher, principal, assistant superintendent for special education services and chief human resources officer. As a principal in the Washington, DC Public Schools, Dr. Grillo led her school community in earning Autonomous School Status—an award given to a select cohort of high-performing schools. As the chief of human resources for Baltimore City and Baltimore County, she designed talent management frameworks and oversaw performance management systems.

“I am both humbled and honored to serve as Interim President during this unique and exciting time of change and opportunity,” said Dr. Grillo. “As an alumna and daughter of Seton, I believe deeply in our school’s mission to prepare well-rounded young women to become exceptional scholars and leaders who are in service to others.”

Dr. Grillo most recently served as an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Howard University’s School of Education. In this role, she taught graduate courses in educational administration and governance and organizational change, and also coordinated programs for doctoral candidates. Dr. Grillo earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Teaching degrees from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, and her Doctor of Education degree in Educational Administration and Policy from Howard University. She resides in Bowie, Maryland with her son.