New President Announced

The Diocese of Youngstown has announced the selection of Daniel A. Gravo as president and a new governing board of both Central Catholic and St. Thomas Aquinas.

Gravo has more than 20 years of experience working for faith-based educational institutions. For 12 years he worked for Walsh University as the director of compliance and eligibility. He was also a coach and the assistant athletic director. While working at Walsh he was named the 2005-2006 National Football Foundation Northeastern Ohio Chapter College Assistant Coach of the Year. In 2007, he moved to the Walsh Advancement Office, as the director of alumni relations where he led programming and engagement for more than 12,000 alumni across the globe.

In 2013, Gravo moved to the Early Childhood Resource Center (ECRC), a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, which is focused on the healthy development of young children, by improving the quality of their early education and care. At the ECRC, he was the director of development, successfully leading the organization's fundraising initiatives and meeting their yearly development goals.

Gravo returned to higher education in 2015, as director of major gifts and intercollegiate athletics at Malone University. His accomplishments there include securing major gifts from a variety of sources, growing the sponsorship program, and building strong relationships with donors, alumni, and friends of the university.

Gravo is a true product of Catholic education, having attended Catholic school from elementary through graduate school. He has a Master of Arts in Education from Walsh University, a Bachelor of Arts in History from John Carroll University, is a 1991 graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas High School, and attended Our Lady of Peace Elementary School in Canton. He and his wife, Jill, have two children, McKenna and Jackson, who attend Holy Cross Academy's St. Paul Catholic School.

As president, Gravo will lead an effort to restructure the administrative teams, increase enrollment, and build financial resources for Catholic education in Stark County.