De La Salle Collegiate is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Brad Cusumano as Assistant Principal for Student Affairs for the 2017-2018 school year.
Mr. Cusumano takes over the position held by Mr. Christopher Dean, DLS ‘89, who transitions to the Assistant Principal for Academics. That position was held for several years by Mr. Steve Stewart, who handled both the Principal and Academics Administrator positions during 2016-2017.
President John M. Knight said, “On behalf of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, the Board of Trustees, and the larger De La Salle Collegiate community, I want to thank Mr. Stewart and Mr. Dean for their exemplary work this past academic year. Moving forward, it is my pleasure to welcome Mr. Cusumano into his new role. He brings a passion for Lasallian education and a clear and firm desire to accompany our students on their educational journey.”
Mr. Knight went on to say, “I am very happy to welcome Mr. Dean into his role as Assistant Principal for Academics. As an alumnus of De La Salle Collegiate, and a veteran educator and administrator, Chris will help us to continue to enhance and strengthen our academic program.”
A member of the DLS Faculty since 2009, Mr. Cusumano his starting his ninth year in Catholic education. He taught Physical and Education and Health, and was the Assistant Wrestling Coach. Over the past few years, he has been Assistant Athletic Director, Manager of the Brother Robert Activities Center (BRAC), and Coordinator of the International Baccalaureate Programs Service projects. He also has handled Security Transportation, and the Drug Testing Program. Some of these duties will become the responsibility of the new Assistant Athletic Director, who will be selected later this month.
Mr. Cusumano holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, where he was a wrestler, and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Madonna University. He and his wife Suzanne, who teaches reading in the DLS Academic Support program, have two children.
Mr. Cusumano says, “I am looking forward to facing new challenges and opportunities, as well as further my relationships with current students and developing relationships with new students.”
He moves into the office by the Cafeteria. His Administrative Assistant is Mrs. Rose Hoffmeyer.
Beginning his 24th year in Catholic Education, Mr. Dean has served as the DLS Assistant Principal for Student Affairs for the last 14 years. Before coming to DLS, Mr. Dean taught Social Studies and was Principal at St. Alphonsus High School in Dearborn. He earned a Master’s of Education at the University of Michigan. He has served as the School Committee Chair at St. Paul on the Lake (Grosse Pointe). He and his wife Michaele have two children, including Christian, Class of 2019.
Mr. Dean has moved into the Main Office area, and has his trademark Tiger Stadium seats in his room.
“I am excited for this new challenge and continuing to make De La Salle Collegiate a destination school,” said Mr. Dean. “I look forward to working with my colleagues on a daily basis, concentrating on curriculum and teacher development.”
Now wearing one less administrative “hat,” Mr. Stewart said, “Mr. Dean and Mr. Cusumano are quality educational leaders who bring experience with our students and mission that will help us continue to strive toward excellence. They are totally dedicated to the De La Salle Collegiate community. I am looking forward to working with Mr. Dean in his new role – he already has some terrific ideas. I am also amazed at the positive energy and student connections Mr. Cusumano brings to his position. It will be a great year!”
The administrative team, including Director of Athletics Mr. Mike Watson, meets regularly. Mr. Watson commented, “We welcome Brad to the Administrative team.”
Mr. Watson is in the process of finding a new Assistant Athletic Director.
“Our community is blessed in many ways,” said Mr. Knight, “not the least of which is the continued generous service of our Faculty and Staff. I know that all members of the De La Salle Collegiate community join me in offering our prayers and support to Mr. Dean and Mr. Cusumano as they begin their new ministry.”