The Regis High School Board of Trustees voted unanimously Thursday night to elect Rev. Daniel Lahart, S.J. as the 22nd President of Regis High School.
Fr. Lahart will assume his role as President of Regis in the Fall of 2016. Rev. James Croghan, S.J., who currently serves as the Director of Ignatian Identity Programs and Faculty Chaplain at Regis, has agreed to serve as Interim President commencing July 1, 2015.
Fr. Lahart will arrive at Regis after having served as President of Strake Jesuit College Preparatory (Houston, Texas) for the past 14 years. Prior to his time at Strake Jesuit, Fr. Lahart served as Vice President for Finance and Administration at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C., and served as Provincial Assistant for Secondary Education for the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus.
The appointment of Fr. Lahart concludes a Presidential search process that began last summer following Rev. Philip G. Judge, S.J. '80's announcement that he would be stepping down as President of Regis at the conclusion of the 2014-2015 academic year. After 10 years of leadership at Regis, Fr. Judge will continue in his role as Assistant for Strategic Planning for the Provincial of the Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus on July 1, 2015.
In a statement to the Regis community, Peter Labbat '83, Chair of the Regis Board of Trustees, expressed his gratitude for the efforts of those involved in the search process: "Let us together, emboldened by our faith in Christ and in one another, take our first steps into our second century eager to embrace the many opportunities that surely lie ahead. "
The letter distributed to the Regis community is provided below.
(Pictured: Rev. Daniel Lahart, S.J. | Photo courtesy Strake Jesuit)
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| ||Dear Members of the Regis High School Community: |
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| ||I am delighted to announce that yesterday evening, the Regis Board of Trustees, with the approval of the Provincial of the Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus, voted unanimously to elect Rev. Daniel Lahart, S.J. to be the 22nd President of Regis High School, effective August 15, 2016. |
Rev. James Croghan, S.J. has agreed to serve as Interim President commencing July 1, 2015 at which time Rev. Philip Judge, S.J. will step down after ten years as President of his Alma Mater.
Fr. Lahart comes to us after a broad national search and extensive engagement with our community. He brings to Regis strong executive capabilities and a wealth of experience in managing Jesuit high schools. For the past 14 years, Fr. Lahart has served as President of Strake Jesuit College Preparatory in Houston, Texas, inspiring students, faculty and alumni in the pursuit of academic excellence and the Ignatian ideals of service and justice. Under his leadership, Strake Jesuit has been animated by Fr. Lahart's strong commitment to the Jesuit vision of forming men for others. During the five years prior to his arrival in Houston, he was Vice President for Finance and Administration at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C. While at Gonzaga, Fr. Lahart also served as Provincial Assistant for Secondary Education for the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus, acting as the Provincial's delegate to middle and secondary schools.
Fr. Lahart holds an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He received a Master of Divinity from Weston School of Theology and a Master in Education from Boston College. He earned his undergraduate degree in finance from Georgetown University. Fr. Lahart grew up on the north shore of Chicago and entered the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus in 1983 after graduating from college. He began his career in education by teaching mathematics at Scranton Preparatory School following philosophy studies at St. Louis University.
Fr. Croghan is well-known to the Regis community. He currently serves as the Director of Ignatian Identity Programs and Faculty Chaplain at Regis and is a member of the Theology Department. He is also the rector of the Xavier Jesuit community. Before coming to Regis in 2011, Fr. Croghan worked for more than twenty years in Micronesia. During his career, he has been a classroom teacher, principal, school president and director of schools for the Diocese of the Caroline Islands. A Jesuit since 1974, Fr. Croghan did his undergraduate work at Fordham University and earned a Master of Divinity and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Weston School of Theology, and a Master of Education from Harvard. We are especially blessed that Fr. Croghan has agreed to contribute his talents to ensure a seamless transition and shepherd our school until Fr. Lahart's arrival.
We are so very thankful to Fr. Judge for his faithful stewardship of Regis these last ten years. As a result of his tireless efforts, he leaves Regis in a position of great strength. His outstanding leadership and dedicated service have helped to further Regis's reputation as an exceptional academic institution that seeks to inspire boys to grow up to be men of conscience.
I would like to express my gratitude to the entire Regis community: to the members of the Presidential Search Committee who devoted so much time and effort to this important work; to the students and parents who met with each of our Finalists; to the alumni and Trustees who offered their perspectives on Regis's greatest needs and challenges; and to the faculty, staff and administration who graciously hosted our Finalists and participated so energetically and thoughtfully in the search process.
Let us together, emboldened by our faith in Christ and in one another, take our first steps into our second century eager to embrace the many opportunities that surely lie ahead.
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Peter Labbat '83
Chair, Regis Board of Trustees