Former St. Mary’s College president named interim president at SHCP
August 1st, 2014
By Catholic San Francisco
Former St. Mary’s College president Christian Brother Ronald Gallagher will serve as president of archdiocesan Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory during the upcoming school year while a national search for a permanent replacement is underway.
Brother Ronald served as president of St. Mary’s College from 2002 to 2013 and had just returned from a sabbatical year with plans to return to teaching at St. Mary’s when he was tapped for the archdiocesan high school leadership post. He starts Aug. 1.
Brother Ronald will fill the post held by SHC’s president for 15 years, John Scudder Jr. Scudder, who graduated from then Sacred Heart High School in 1973, will assist Brother Ronald with fundraising and outreach to alumni and other supporters during the transition, the school said in an announcement.
“Everything I’ve heard and seen from people is the school is in great shape,” Brother Ronald said in an interview. “Their enrollment’s up and I think the community spirit is very, very good. In that sense it’s going to be easy to come into a place that’s humming.”
The two sponsoring orders, the Daughters of Charity and the De La Salle Christian Brothers, said in an announcement that, “Brother Ronald serving in this role will preserve and reinforce the Lasallian Vincentian character of the school as the school transitions to a new permanent president.”
Born in Oakland, Brother Ronald graduated from St. Mary’s with a bachelor’s in English in 1969. He received a Master of Arts in comparative literature from San Francisco State University in 1975, receiving a doctorate in comparative literature from the University of Washington in 1990.
He was elected in January 2011 to the board of directors of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, a nationwide organization whose purpose is to strengthen the mission and character of Catholic higher education in the United States.
From August 1, 2014 issue of Catholic San Francisco.