Archbishop Demetrios of America Appoints New Director of Greek Education
Jan 11, 2005
NEW YORK - His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America has announced the appointment of Dr. Ioannis Efthymiopoulos as director of the Department of Greek Education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
In a statement, Archbishop Demetrios said, “The appointment of Dr. Ioannis Efthymiopoulos as director of the Department of Greek Education is a significant event in the history of contributions of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America to Greek education and Greek culture. Dr. Efthymiopoulos will offer valuable services based on his vast educational experience and extensive involvement in the area of educational programs within and outside of Greece. His immediate knowledge of the Omogeneia in the United States is an additional qualification assuring a productive contribution in the area of Greek education.”
With the appointment of Dr. Efthymiopoulos, and the continued creative offering of Mrs. Maria Makedon and other colleagues, the Department of Greek Education has the potential for enhanced and dynamic work in the vital area of Greek-American education.
Dr. Ioannis Efthymiopoulos was born in Kardamas, in Ilia. In 1968 he concluded his university studies at the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki.
In 1984 he obtained a master’s degree with distinction from the Continuing Education School of the Greek Ministry of Education and Religion and, in 1988, he earned a doctorate from the School of Sciences of the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki.
Dr. Efthymiopoulos commands extensive teaching, administrative, and consulting experience in Greece, America, Germany and Belgium. He has taught at the Experimental School and the Pedagogic Institute of Thessaloniki, the Aristotelian University and the Pedagogic Academy of Thessaloniki, and at various high schools.
Until recently, Dr. Efthymiopoulos was educational advisor of the Pedagogical Institute at the Regional Administration of Primary and Secondary Education of Central Macedonia.
From November 1998 until September 2002 he served as consul for Educational Affairs at the Education Office at the Consulate General of Greece in Chicago. During his service in the United States, Dr. Efthymiopoulos, in cooperation with the Diocese of Chicago, organized seminars for parochial school teachers in many communities and became familiar with the Greek-American educational system.
In the years 1994-98 he served as educational advisor for secondary education in the prefectures of Pella and Imathia and in 1989-94 as head of the Greek Department of the European School in Brussels.
In 1981-82, with a scholarship from Goethe Institute, he supervised Greek students in German schools in Munich, and between 1978-81 he headed the administration office for secondary education in Thessaloniki.
Dr. Efthymiopoulos and his wife, Athanasia Proiou Efthymiopoulou, have two adult children, one in Chicago and the other in Rome.