"Norwood-Fontbonne Academy is first and foremost a true community where we live the mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph so that all people may be united with God and one another. Our work together is built upon relationships. As an educator, it is incredible to see our students learn, grow, and excel as they become their best selves. I love partnering with my fellow educators and families and watching our students become leaders and creative contributors in our world."
Dr. Ryan Killeen is a native of New Jersey. Dr. Killeen began his journey in Catholic education in St. Rose Parish, Belmar, NJ. At St. Rose he first encountered the Sisters of St. Joseph and he credits that experience with shaping and forming his spiritual and personal formation and fostering an educational philosophy and world view informed by the mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph.
After attending St. Rose Grammar School and High School, Dr. Killeen attended The College of New Jersey where he completed a Bachelors in Art Education and teacher preparation. He also completed two semesters of study abroad at Maynooth University and University College Dublin, Ireland.
Upon graduation Dr. Killeen returned to his alma mater, St. Rose High School as an Art and Humanities teacher. Over ten years, he served in many roles including five years as Assistant Principal. Dr. Killeen earned a Master Degree in Educational Administration in the Seton Hall University Catholic School Leadership program. For those ten years he was gratified to serve side by side with the Sisters of St. Joseph.
For eleven years Dr. Killeen served as Principal of St. Paul Catholic School of Princeton. During his tenure the school grew and expanded program offerings. In 2012 St. Paul School was recognized as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the United States Department of Education. In 2013 the school expanded to provide a Preschool for 3 and 4 year old children. In 2017 Dr. Killeen successfully defended his dissertation in completion of a doctoral degree in Education Leadership Management and Policy at Seton Hall University. His research focused on mission and leadership in Catholic elementary education.
Dr. Killeen and his wife reside in Mercer County, NJ with their two children. They are active members of St. Paul Church.
Dr. Killeen was very enthusiastic about the opportunity to return to his roots in ministry with the Sisters of St. Joseph when he was appointed as President to lead the vibrant, innovative community of Norwood-Fontbonne Academy in 2018. Dr. Killeen led NFA through the launch of a new governance model and the creation and implementation of the strategic plan, Directed Toward Tomorrow. During his tenure, NFA has completed major capital improvement projects throughout campus. has begun implementation of an ambitious campus plan, celebrated its 100th anniversary and formed a formal Montesorri partnership with Chestnut Hill College.
In October of 2023, Dr. Killeen was welcomed as an Associate in Mission of the Sisters of Saint Joseph.