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Archbishop Appoints Director of Greek Education

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Apr 5, 2001

NEW YORK, NY – His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America announced today the appointment of Professor George Pilitsis as Director of the Department of the Greek Education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

Professor Pilitsis, who retains his position as Professor at Hellenic College, will assume his duties as Director of the Greek Education Department on May 1, 2001. The Archbishop offered enthusiastic comments on the occasion of this appointment:

“Professor George Pilitsis”, he said, “brings to the Department the high qualities of an expert in matters of Greek language, classics, and education. An excellent academic teacher for many year, perfectly bilingual, he has a vast experience both in theoretical issues related to education and in practical ways of successfully teaching languages. He is a person of unwavering dedication to the ideals of Orthodoxy and Hellenism. I am sure that with the help of God, Professor Pilitsis will contribute decisively and creatively to the accomplishment of the great objectives of the Department of Greek Education”.

Biographical profile of Professor George Pilitsis follows.


Dr. George Pilitsis was born in Serres in Macedonia, in Northern Greece, where he received his primary and secondary education. Soon after, he came to the United States where he completed his studies. Professor Pilitsis holds a degree in English and a Masters and a Ph.D. degrees in Classics from Rutgers University.

Dr. Pilitsis is an Associate Professor of Classics and Modern Greek Studies at Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Brookline, Massachusetts, where he has been teaching since 1988.

Prior to Hellenic College/Holy Cross, Professor Pilitsis taught at distinguished and reputable Universities such as the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and Rutgers University in New Jersey, where he established and directed programs in Modern Greek Studies for a number of years. Professor Pilitsis has also taught as a visiting Professor at Princeton University.

Professor Pilitsis’ scholarly interests and areas of research concentrate in the social and cultural history of Greece from antiquity to the present. He has also developed a special interest in the literary accomplishments of modern Greece. His publications include articles on classical mythology and modern Greek folklore as well as critical studies in modern Greek poetry.

His well-known translations and critical evaluations of the works of major Greek poets such as Dionysios Solomos, Yannis Ritsos, Nikiforos Vrettakos, and Nikos Gatsos were published in various scholarly journals in the USA and in Greece. Professor Pilitsis is the editor and major contributor to a book on Greek Proverbs and Other Popular Sayings, a collection of over 1000 proverbs published in 1997.

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