Notre Dame Names ACE Academies Director

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The University of Notre Dame has selected Aaron Brenner as the new Gary and Barbara Pasquinelli Director of the Notre Dame ACE Academies. Brenner is the co-founder and former chief executive officer of the One World Network of Schools, which serves low-income children in six countries.

In his new role, Brenner will be responsible for leading professional and personal formation programs for principals and teachers at Notre Dame ACE Academies in Indianapolis, Tucson, Arizona and cities in Florida, including St. Petersburg, Orlando and Palm Beach. He will also lead the recruitment, training and development of school leaders.

"When we were developing the ACE Academies model, we visited many schools that prove that demography need not determine destiny," said Christian Dallavis, senior director for leadership programs at ACE. "Aaron was the founder and leader of the most impressive of these schools. We have been relying on him for advice in partnership for years, and I’m thrilled that he is feeling drawn by his faith to join the Notre Dame family full time at this critical moment in our movement’s growth."

The ACE Academies is a national network of 14 pre-kindergarten through eight grade Catholic schools operated by Notre Dame throughout the country.

Prior to co-founding the One World Network of Schools, Brenner served as the head of primary schools for the Knowledge is Power Program's network in Houston, Texas. He has also served as an adjunct faculty member with the Alliance for Catholic Education.

Notre Dame says additionally, Brenner will teach in the Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program as a specialist in school culture.

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