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Margaret Higgins Named New President of Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School

Margaret Higgins, Ph.D.

On Nov. 6, the Board of Directors of Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit (CRSJ) High School, Co-Chairmen John A. Sobrato and B.J. Cassin announced, following an exhaustive nationwide search, that the school selected Margaret Higgins, Ph.D., to serve as President. Higgins, who currently serves as Senior Director of Development and Scholarship Initiatives at Santa Clara University, will officially join the CRSJ team effective Dec. 15.

“We received very strong interest in the position from a large pool of highly qualified candidates from a broad cross-section of education, business and community leaders. We would like to express our sincere thanks to our search firm, Wickenden Associates, the President Search Committee, which was comprised of board, faculty and staff representatives, and to all who participated in a very thorough and collaborative selection process,” said Sobrato and Cassin in a press release. “We are extremely pleased to report that Margaret was the overwhelming consensus choice of the search committee, and the board voted unanimously to approve its recommendation.”

Higgins brings to CRSJ nearly 25 years of diverse educational experience gained primarily at Catholic Universities. The majority of her career has been focused on student affairs roles of increasing responsibility at highly regarded institutions such as Suffolk University, Merrimack College, and The Catholic University of America. At the University of San Francisco, Margaret served as Vice President, University Life and Chief Student Affairs Officer and later, Assistant to the President and Adjunct Faculty, School of Education, Leadership and Organization. She then served as Vice President of Student Affairs and Assistant Professor, Education, at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. More recently, Margaret transitioned her skills to fundraising and development, where she is currently serving as Senior Director of Development and Scholarship Initiatives at Santa Clara University.

Higgins earned a B.S. in Communication Disorders from The College of Saint Rose, a M.Ed. in Guidance and Psychological Services from Springfield College, and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Policy from The Catholic University of America.

“We would also like to take this opportunity to recognize and thank CRSJ founding President, Father Peter Pabst, SJ. It was Peter’s drive and leadership that saw the school through the early feasibility stage to today, where he is currently serving as Chancellor. He, along with Interim President Matt Bell and Principal Joe Albers, have built an incredibly strong foundation upon which the new President, faculty and staff will continue to build in support of our amazing students.

“We are confident that Margaret’s passion for the mission, leadership and people skills, administrative expertise and fundraising acumen are precisely the right combination of attributes CRSJ needs to build upon its early successes and move forward into what we know will be a very bright future for the school.”

For more information regarding Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School visit, www.cristoreysanjose.org or call (408) 293-0425.