Christian Talbot ’93 Named Interim President

On April 11, the Board of Trustees named Christian M. Talbot ’93 Regis High School’s Interim President. For Talbot, the former Head of School of Malvern Preparatory School in Pennsylvania, the appointment marks a homecoming to his alma mater, which he previously served with distinction for 17 years as a faculty member and administrator. 

“I am humbled by this opportunity to return to Regis, an institution that profoundly shaped me academically, spiritually, and professionally,” Talbot said. “It is an honor to serve once again alongside our talented faculty and staff. They do life-changing work in educating and forming our exceptional students in the Ignatian tradition.”

A 1993 Regis graduate, Talbot has vast knowledge of and a deep passion for the school. In 1994 and 1995, he founded the Regis-Gonzaga Summer Program, which was an early prototype for the REACH Program. He worked at Regis from 1998 through 2012 as an English teacher, Chair of the English Department, head of the Faculty Council, and a founding faculty member and the first Dean of English for the REACH Program. Since 2017, he has served on the Board of Trustees, where he has been a member of the Executive Committee and Chair of the Education and Mission Committee.

From 2012 through 2017, Talbot served as the Head of School (ie, President) at Malvern Prep, an independent Catholic middle school and college preparatory high school in Malvern, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. After Malvern Prep, he founded Basecamp Consulting, through which he has worked with high schools around the country on governance and strategy issues. Talbot also has taught a course entitled “Major Gift Fundraising: Strategy in Practice” as a Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania since 2019. 

A 1997 graduate of Georgetown University who holds a Master’s Degree from the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, Talbot serves on the Fordham Preparatory School Board of Trustees, where he has been a member of the Executive Committee and Chair of the Mission Effectiveness Committee. He also has completed the “Seminars in Ignatian Leadership” offered by the Jesuit Secondary Education Association (now known as the Jesuit Schools Network).

“The Board is thrilled to have found a candidate with the experience required to run an institution like Regis who also knows the Regis community and has participated in its operations at every level,” Board of Trustees Chair Anthony DiNovi ’80 wrote in a letter to the Regis community. “We know he will steer the school through the remainder of the school year with skill and integrity. I know Christian well, and I could not be more excited by this choice. I hope you will all join me in congratulating and welcoming Christian in his role. Christian will certainly be among the candidates considered as the Board continues its work toward identifying and naming a full-time President.”

Talbot replaces Fr. Daniel K. Lahart, SJ, who was determined by a third-party investigation to have engaged in inappropriate and unwelcome conduct with adult members of the Regis community. For more information, please read DiNovi’s April 11 letter to the Regis community. 

“Regis will emerge from this experience even stronger,” DiNovi wrote. “After the last six weeks, I am convinced that we as a community have learned from this experience and will be better equipped than ever to fulfill our mission of transforming lives and forming Men for Others.”

Posted: 4/20/21