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Dr. Sabatino joined the full time faculty of LMU’s School of Education in the Department of Educational Leadership in June 2010 with a focus on leadership preparation for future Catholic school administrators. His teaching and research interests include leadership theory and applications related to the Catholic school principalship, Catholic school governance, leadership succession, mission-driven leadership, spiritual leadership, and instructional improvement innovations stemming from vibrant mission-driven Catholic school leaders.

Dr. Sabatino’s publications are focused on leadership succession, building school board capacity, and transitioning from public to Catholic school leadership. In addition, he has designed formative assessment frameworks and rubrics for Catholic school leadership preparation and governance development. Dr. Sabatino is the author, administrator, and professor of the LMU Certificate in Catholic School Administration program. This leadership preparation program has served Catholic educators in Archdiocese of LA, the Diocese of Orange, and the Diocese of San Bernardino. In addition, a national virtual online cohort comprised of students from five mission dioceses in the United States is completing its second semester of the program.

Before entering higher education, Dr. Sabatino had a 36-year career serving in both public and Catholic schools. He was a Catholic school administrator for 27 years in two elementary and two secondary schools. Dr. Sabatino spent 19 of those 27 years serving the educational mission of the western province of the Order of St. Augustine (OSA), finishing his P-12 career as Headmaster of Villanova Preparatory School in Ojai, California.