Larry Rancilio, a De La Salle Collegiate alumnus from the Class of 1986, has been named the school’s fifth president.
He officially begins October 5, 2020.
Rancilio said, “I am deeply grateful to the Board and Christian Brothers for this opportunity. It is an incredibly important and humbling responsibility for the future of De La Salle, and I go in as a servant leader who is there to listen and provide a steady hand.”
Jack Brusewitz ‘77, Chair of the DLS Board of Trustees, who led the presidential search team, said, “The process to select our next President was long and arduous. Throughout that time, it became evident that Mr. Rancilio was the best person to lead our school in the future.”
Brusewitz noted that not only is Rancilio an alumnus; he has a long and dedicated history with De La Salle, having served on the Board of Trustees, as Board Chair, and as a coach with the school’s athletic programs. Additionally, Rancilio is a past parent - Nicholas ‘14 and Ben ‘18 - and was an active parent during his sons’ high school years.
Rancilio has also served the Christian Brothers as a ministry board member for the District of Eastern North America (DENA). Rancilio’s selection was confirmed by Brother Dennis Lee, F.S.C., the Provincial/Visitor of DENA.
"The District of Eastern North America is very pleased to confirm the Board of Trustees nomination of Mr. Larry Rancilio (Class of 1986) as the school President and to appoint him to this position,” Brother Dennis said. “The members of the District's Ministry Corporation and Leadership Team have been impressed by this alum's love of and dedication to his Alma Mater. We are confident that he will bring leadership with conviction and vitality while listening with eager attention to all members of the DLS community. 2020 has been a very challenging year throughout the entire world and locally at DLS. We are grateful for all the ways that Mr. Rancilio will unite stakeholders, insist on excellence, and provide an atmosphere of utmost respect for all God's children.”
Interim Principal Brother Ken Kalinowski ‘84 is looking forward to working with Rancilio. “I am pleased to be working with another alumnus, and to have the school moving in the right direction.”
Rancilio grew up in Detroit and attended Our Lady Queen of Peace Grade School before entering De La Salle.
“My parents were educators and believed that education and faith are the foundation to a great life,” he said. “I had a strong Catholic upbringing where God and the Church, Catholic schools, and family were extremely important. Those values have carried over to my adult life.”
Rancilio attended Columbia University, in New York City, where he was active in Campus Ministry, and also coached CYO basketball in south Harlem. His sons attended Catholic school, Our Lady Star of the Sea in Grosse Pointe Woods and his younger son Ben is attending John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio.
“I wear my love for the Church and De La Salle on my sleeve,” Rancilio said.
Although Rancilio has owned his own businesses for several years, he consciously chose to seek the President’s position.
“I want to use my final 15 -- 20 years of work-life to make a difference and create a lasting impact. De La Salle is the ideal place to do something meaningful, to give back and influence the next generation.
“Families and alumni have expressed they want a leader who can bring a steady hand and unification. They want to know that the DLS ship is headed in the right direction and want a strong and confident person at the helm.
“My job is to provide leadership, sustain a robust enrollment, and provide the resources for faculty, coaches, and staff for the benefit of each student.”