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Lt Col. David Petrillo

Lt Col David Petrillo, PhD (USAF, Retired) has been the Headmaster of The Montfort Academy since its opening in 2002, interrupted by a period of time as an Advisor, Trustee, and President of the school from 2008-2013. Upon returning as the Academy’s Headmaster in July of 2013 coincident with the move to Mount Vernon, Lt Col Petrillo has presided over the dramatic growth and accomplishment the school has enjoyed during that period. 

Lt Col Petrillo served in the United States Air Force from May 1982 to July 2003. As a member of the Strategic Air Command’s ICBM missile launch force and Tactical Air Command’s Intermediate Nuclear Force missile launch teams in Europe, he participated in the nuclear deterrent that helped the United States keep the peace through the tumultuous years of the Cold War and eventually win it. He later taught at the Air Force Institute of Technology, the Air Force’s graduate school, and finished his career as Commander of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) detachment at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, preparing college student cadets to become commissioned officers. While on a Catholic men’s retreat in 2002, he met the people who were starting The Montfort Academy and soon after retired from the Air Force to become her first Headmaster.

 Lt Col Petrillo holds an BA in Government and International Relations from the University of Notre Dame, an MA in Government Contract Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and a PhD in Strategic Purchasing and Supply Chain Management from the Pennsylvania State University. He is a married father of four children and is a member of the Knight of Columbus, the American Legion, and is an Assistant Scout Master for the Boys Scouts of America and a little league coach. He also sits on the Board of Trustees of Expectant Mother Care, a pro-life crisis pregnancy center.