Regis High School has named Rev. Anthony D. Andreassi, CO as Interim Principal for the 2018-2019 academic year. The appointment follows Dr. Gary Tocchet's announcement that — after a dozen distinguished years as the school's academic leader — he will retire at the end of the current academic year.
Father Andreassi has been a member of the Regis community since 2003 and has taught a wide range of subjects from economics to spirituality, from American history to Church history. For the last several years he has run the school's extensive Senior Christian Service program.
In preparation for the Regis Centennial celebration in 2014, then-president Rev. Philip G. Judge, SJ ’80 asked Fr. Andreassi to write the official history of Regis: Teach Me to be Generous. Between his research on the book and his role as school archivist, few people know Regis and its history as well as Fr. Andreassi.
Father Andreassi is a native of Yonkers, and received his BA in philosophy from The Catholic University of America in 1990. He received his Master of Divinity in 1993 from St. Joseph’s Seminary and College (Dunwoodie), and his Master of Arts and Ph.D. (history) from Georgetown University in 2001 and 2004, respectively. In 2007, he was ordained a priest by Bishop Frank Caggiano '77, who at the time was the Vicar Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn.
Well respected by students and faculty alike, Fr. Andreassi is an ideal candidate to serve as principal as Regis undergoes a national search for the successor of Dr. Tocchet. Father Andreassi will not be a candidate in the search for a new principal since his responsibilities to his Community at the Brooklyn Oratory will not allow for the significant time commitment necessary for this role beyond the next school year. Regis is grateful to his superior and his Community in allowing him to serve Regis in this way during the coming interim year.
"I am confident that the hard work of Dr. Tocchet and Fr. Andreassi will ensure that Regis High School continues with strong academic leadership next year," said Fr. Lahart, Regis president, in a statement to the Regis community.
"Once again I want to express my thanks to Dr. Tocchet for his many years of dedication to Regis, and to Fr. Andreassi for his willingness to serve the school in this new responsibility next year," added Fr. Lahart.