First and foremost, we hope that each and every one of you, and your families, are doing well. We would like to share with you a special announcement from President Mark DeMarco ’78 and the Chair of the De La Salle Board of Trustees, Frank Wagner ’73. Please find the messages below.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact any of the members of the President’s Cabinet, listed below.
In the Spirit of DLS,
Dr. Heather Alumbaugh, Vice President for Academic Life
Lynne Jones, Vice President for Finance
Mark Chiarucci, Vice President for Advancement
Leo Lopoz, Vice President for Athletics
Joe Aliotti, Special Assistant to the President
Dear De La Salle Community,
Well, the pandemic has obviously altered the timing of this announcement, but my decision was made before COVID-19. In June of 2019, I informed the Board of Trustees that I would finish my tenure at De La Salle on June 30, 2021 – that would be the end of my current contract and that I would not be moving forward with another 5-year contract option. I have decided to retire. My father died at 59½ and I turn 60 this month. My dad worked his entire life and never enjoyed retirement (he was sick with cancer). In 1999, I “inherited” Stage 3 colon cancer and to date have survived that scare. I am looking forward to spending quality time with my family and my mom as she will turn 90 in April.
The average CEO of a company stays for 10 to 12 years. Fourteen years as President, four years as a teacher, and four years as a student is over one-third of my life spent on Winton Drive and it was a good run. It is now time for someone else to take the school to the next level.
De La Salle High School is successful because it is God’s work. I want to thank the parents, students, the countless volunteers, and benefactors who have contributed to the success of the school and the mission of Saint John Baptist de La Salle and will continue to do so in the future. I also would like to thank the Faculty and Staff for their commitment to the Mission – the school is successful because we all work together and have a great partnership with parents as the primary educators of their sons.
I also want to personally thank the President’s Cabinet which made me look good and did the heavy lifting – Joe Aliotti, Lynne Jones, Leo Lopoz, Mark Chiarucci, Heather Alumbaugh, and Margaret Silva.
In the coming days, the Board of Trustees will be announcing the process and the firm they have retained to find my successor. In the meantime, there is much to do this year, and I am looking forward to what the year brings.
De La Salle will begin a New President Search for the 2021-2022 School Year
To the De La Salle Community,
De La Salle President Mark DeMarco '78 has informed the Board of Trustees that he plans to retire at the end of the current school year. As we all know, Mark has served the school with distinction for the last 14 years.
We appreciate all of Mark’s excellent accomplishments, and cherish how he’s placed our students, the school, our community, and our Lasallian Catholic mission above himself. He leaves the school in a strong financial position, with an excellent academic reputation, significant enhancements to the school’s facilities, and a legacy of enabling students to become young men of faith, integrity, and scholarship.
Brother Donald Johanson, FSC, Visitor of the District of San Francisco New Orleans, expressed his gratitude for Mark’s efforts at the school:
“We are grateful for Mark’s leadership and lifelong dedication to De La Salle High School. From his days as a student and throughout the time since he first returned to campus, Mark’s commitment to the De La Salle community has never wavered. I wish him the very best in his retirement from a long career devoted to Catholic education.”
The Board of Trustees has formed a Search Committee, which will be led by Dr. Teri Hurlbut, former Board Vice Chair and past Carondelet High School Principal. The Committee wants to ensure continued strong leadership of the school; therefore, it has retained a highly recognized and capable search firm to help it with the process. The focus will be on securing the best candidate possible. Given the school’s strong reputation, we will conduct a nation-wide review of highly qualified candidates.
Mark is committed to making the transition as smooth as possible and will be available to support the new President as needed.
We are confident in the strength of our Community and the excellent quality of our teachers, administration, and staff who focus on the students, entrusted by God, to our care. Together, we look forward to the continued success of De La Salle High School!
Frank Wagner, ‘73
Chair, De La Salle Board of Trustees
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