Director of Admissions & Events Mr. Joseph Petitto comes to Stuart with over eight years of experience working in admissions. Prior to Stuart, Joe served as the Associate Director of Enrollment Management at Notre Dame High School in Lawrenceville, NJ. Joe is a graduate of Seton Hall University where he studied Communications, Public Relations & Journalism.
Was school admissions always your career plan? Please talk about the path that led you to where you are today.
After graduating from Seton Hall University with a degree in public relations and journalism, my plan was to move to New York City and work in the PR industry. Instead, I relocated back to the area and began working part-time as a substitute teacher at my alma mater, Notre Dame, while I continued to figure out my career path. Quickly, I realized I had a passion for working in a school setting. After many years of the Admissions Office being run solo, the school was seeking an Assistant Director of Admissions and was looking for a candidate with my degree and background, which was finally the opportunity to combine my academic background with a setting I thoroughly enjoy working in. While I believe most admissions professionals don't plan for this career, I can confidently say I am happy I fell into this work. Over the years, I have been blessed to build relationships with countless students and their families
Who was your mentor?
Without hesitation I can say my professional mentor has been Ms. Peggy Miller, former Director of Admissions at Notre Dame High School. After nearly 50 years of service, Peggy has since retired from ND. Throughout my years working with Peggy, she taught me everything I have learned about working in the world of Admissions. From developing relationships with each family, to executing quality open houses and testing days, Peggy stressed the importance of each step of the application process. Most importantly, Peggy taught me to love what you do each and every day.
Something we like to ask our faculty and staff is if they have any hidden talents or fun facts. What can you tell us?
I do not have any hidden talents, but a fun fact I can share is that I do not own any plain dress socks. Some of the Stuart community have already begun to notice that each day is something different and fun.
In my spare time I like to go to the beach, travel, exercise, and spend as much time as possible with family & friends.
Please share a bit of advice that could resonate with students who are both enrolled at Stuart or looking to attend.
The biggest piece of advice I can give to current and prospective Stuart students is to be happy and get involved in as much as possible. Your years spent in school go by very quickly, and you will want to look back knowing that you enjoyed your entire school experience. Work hard and have fun. Challenge yourself in your academic courses. Go out for that sports team you’ve always had an interest in. Pick up that instrument you’ve always wanted to play. Audition for a part in that musical you’ve always loved. You never know where some of your natural strengths and God given talents might lead you.