Dear De La Salle Collegiate Families and Friends,
We wanted to provide you with an update regarding a recent action by the Board of Trustees and approved by the Brothers of Christian Schools. Over the past several weeks, the Board has been engaged in discussions about the future of De La Salle Collegiate. Coming out of these meetings, the decision was made to place President John M. Knight on paid administrative leave as the Board continues its discussions and makes decisions going forward.
The Brothers of the Christian Schools and the Board of Trustees remain committed to following best practices and providing an education of excellence to every De La Salle student. As we look towards a leadership transition, we will be working with a national search firm to find a permanent replacement by August 3.
We expect the transition process to be fairly seamless. If you should have concerns around academic or extracurricular matters, please continue to contact our Administration team: Principal Nathan Maus and Assistant Principals Christopher Dean and Brent Widdows. This team will continue to work with our strong faculty and staff to maintain our culture of excellence. As always, they will be glad to help you with any questions or concerns.
Major Gifts Officer Greg Esler will continue to lead the Advancement team. In addition, he will oversee our Admissions team. This is a time when recruitment is in high gear and we are actively visiting with interested students and families. We always welcome your recommendations for prospective students and your support as we engage new families and build new relationships.
While transitions are difficult, they also allow organizational boards opportunities to consider new direction and a range of strategic options. During this transition, the Board will continue to engage with our faculty and staff, parents, donors, and alumni as we lay the foundation for our upcoming strategic planning process. We continue to welcome your thoughts, points of affirmation, and suggestions.
Thank you again for trusting us with your sons. We appreciate your partnership in the educational process. At the heart of our efforts remains the academic and spiritual vision of Saint John Baptist de La Salle. As we seek to live out the values and mission of De La Salle, we welcome your continued support and prayers. Again, please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns that you may have.
Live Jesus in our hearts, forever!
Jack Brusewitz, Board Chair Bro. Dennis Lee, FSC
Board of Trustees Visitor/Provincial
De La Salle Collegiate Brothers of the Christian Schools
District of Eastern North America