Ryan HS names new president


The Of­fice of Cath­ol­ic Edu­ca­tion and Faith in the Fu­ture last Fri­day an­nounced the ap­point­ment of Den­ise LePera as pres­id­ent of Arch­bish­op Ry­an High School, ef­fect­ive Ju­ly 28.

LePera joins Arch­bish­op Ry­an after six years as ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or of in­sti­tu­tion­al ad­vance­ment at Ro­man Cath­ol­ic.

LePera re­places Mike McArdle, who was ap­poin­ted in March as dir­ect­or of fin­an­cial aid for the Of­fice of Cath­ol­ic Edu­ca­tion. He star­ted his new job on Ju­ly 1.

“Den­ise brings to Arch­bish­op Ry­an an ex­tens­ive back­ground in de­vel­op­ment and in­sti­tu­tion­al ad­vance­ment, which speaks to our com­mit­ment to lead each of our 17 high schools in­to a mind­set of growth and in­nov­a­tion,” said Chris­toph­er Mo­m­iney, chief op­er­at­ing of­ficer and sec­ret­ary for Cath­ol­ic edu­ca­tion.

“Ms. LePera is a great ex­ample of that com­mit­ment. Dur­ing the search for a new pres­id­ent at Arch­bish­op Ry­an, the Of­fice of Cath­ol­ic Edu­ca­tion and Faith in the Fu­ture sought in­put from a vari­ety of mem­bers with­in the school com­munity. We are es­pe­cially ap­pre­ci­at­ive of the Arch­bish­op Ry­an Board of Ad­visors, who was in­teg­ral in the re­com­mend­a­tion and se­lec­tion pro­cess.”

LePera holds a bach­el­or of sci­ence de­gree in lib­er­al stud­ies and a mas­ter of sci­ence de­gree in stra­tegic lead­er­ship, both from Neu­mann Uni­versity.

Pri­or to her po­s­i­tion at Ro­man Cath­ol­ic, LePera was dir­ect­or of cor­por­ate and found­a­tion re­la­tions from 1999 to 2006 and dir­ect­or of in­sti­tu­tion­al gifts and donor re­la­tions from 2006-2008 at Neu­mann Uni­versity.

Her sons, Steve, Class of 2002, and Dan, Class of 2004, are both gradu­ates of Arch­bish­op Ry­an. ••

You can reach at noreply@bsmphilly.com.

comments powered by Disqus