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The Purpose of Lasallian Education is to provide a human and Christian education to the young, especially the poor, according to the ministry in which the Church has entrusted to it."

West Catholic Prep prepares each student to face the challenges of everyday life, embrace leadership positions in the community, and value service in an ever-changing global society."

Dear West Catholic Prep Community,

I am writing to announce the Search for the next Principal. We have assembled a strong Search Committee that will collaborate over the next few months to deliver our next academic leader.  This Committee is a collaborative design and will consist of representatives from our Board of Director’s, the Office of Catholic Education, internal school leaders, and other key stakeholders.  The goal of this Search Committee is to ensure that West Catholic Prep is well-positioned for the future. As we look forward and begin the critical task of finding a new academic leader, I plan to share updates over these next few months. I look forward to engaging the community throughout this process and answering any questions along the way.

This page is dedicated to the Principal Search which identifies the latest news about the Search including a timeline, Search Committee member listing, and the official job description with application instructions. We hope that you find this page useful.

We are embarking on a national search to find the best candidate from what we expect to be a deep pool of dynamic and diverse candidates.  We ask that you help us in this task by recommending potential candidates who embrace our mission, appreciate our rich traditions and are able to move the West Catholic Prep forward.  Any such recommendations can be sent to hr@westcatholic.org.  All such recommendations for qualified candidates will be kept strictly confidential.  The Search Committee is committed to an open and transparent process while ensuring confidentiality out of respect for the privacy of the candidates.

Please accept my gratitude in advance for your assistance and we welcome your input, ideas, questions and concerns. We appreciate your prayers throughout this important undertaking for West Catholic Prep.


Paul Colistra

Search Timeline

March 20, 2017 – April 21, 2017: Open Application Period. During this time applicants are encouraged to apply
April 21 – April 28: Applicant Pool Narrowed for Personal Interview. During this time the Committee will narrow the applicant pool for interviews
May 1 – May 26: Applicant Interview Period
May 29 – June 9: Search Committee Announcement and Community Introduction

Click here for the principal Job description and to apply for the position

Search Committee

Paul Colistra
West Catholic Prep 
Steve Tulli ‘84
Chair, Board of Directors
Vice President, Investments, Wells Fargo
Mr. William Lynch
Chair, Academic Committee, Board of Directors
Professor of Education, Past Dean, School of Education & Goodwin College of Professional Studies
Mrs. Jessica Wolf Dasher
Chair, Institutional Advancement, Board of Directors
Managing Principal, Strategic Accounts, The Advisory Board Company 
Ms. Tia Noelle Pratt, Ph.D. '95
Chair, Inclusion and Diversity Committee, Board of Directors
Instructor, St. Joseph's University
Br. Edward Gallagher, FSC 
Board of Directors 
Past Principal West Catholic High School, St. Francis Academy (MD)
Sr. Maureen McDermott, IHM
Superintendent, Secondary Schools
Office of Catholic Education
Jennifer Pilla
Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs
Sr. Ave Armstrong, SSJ
Faculty Member
Margaret Piccozi
Faculty Member, Faculty Liason to Board of Directors and School Leadership Team 
Rachel Simmons
Current Parent  
Erica Watson '17
Current Student

Father James E. Dalton, OSFS

Principal, Father Judge High School

Eleanor Dezzi

Board of Directors

President Emeritus, The Dezzi Group

Dr. Patricia Rigby

Assistant Superintendent, Secondary Schools

Office of Catholic Education

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Drexel University
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