Jesuit Schools Name New Presidents

December 12, 2019 — Three Jesuit schools — Spring Hill College, McQuaid Jesuit High School and Creighton Preparatory School — have named new presidents.

E. Joseph Lee II, Spring Hill College
Spring Hill College
in Mobile, Alabama, named E. Joseph Lee II president, who served the last year as interim president.

Lee was previously president at Pine Manor College in Massachusetts, Saint Joseph's College in Maine and Thomas More College in Kentucky. Lee also held the positions of interim vice president for enrollment management for the University of Maine, vice president for student services at Merrimack College in Massachusetts, and vice president of student life at Manhattan College in New York.

Lee graduated from Saint Michael's College in Vermont. He attended the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University before earning his Ph.D. in higher education administration from Boston College. He has an extensive background working with Jesuits and was an active member of the Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrators for 15 years.

Fr. Philip G. Judge, SJ, McQuaid Jesuit High School
McQuaid Jesuit High School
in Rochester, New York, announced that Jesuit Father Philip G. Judge will succeed Jesuit Father Robert E. Reiser as the school’s 14th president, effective July 1, 2020.

Fr. Judge is familiar with McQuaid, having taught English and theology at the school from 1986-89 as a Jesuit scholastic. Following assignments at Fordham Preparatory School in the Bronx, New York, and Regis High School in New York City, Fr. Judge returned to McQuaid in 2000 as principal. In 2005, he was named the 21st president of Regis High School, leading his high school alma mater for 10 years. Since 2015, Fr. Judge has served as provincial assistant for strategic operations and planning in the Jesuits’ USA Northeast Province.

Fr. Judge, who entered the Society of Jesus in 1980 and was ordained in 1993, completed undergraduate and graduate degrees at Fordham University; theology studies at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, California; and an additional graduate degree in English at the University of California at Berkeley.

Fr. Matthew Spotts, SJ, Creighton Preparatory SchoolCreighton Preparatory School in Omaha, Nebraska, has named Jesuit Father Matthew Spotts its 34th president.

Currently, he provides sacramental and pastoral ministry at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois, the nation’s largest Jesuit secondary school, and serves as the associate pastor at a local parish. He is completing a graduate degree in education.

Fr. Spotts’ three years as a leader, teacher and coach at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis ignited a calling to serve in secondary education. Fr. Spotts has a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University, a master’s degree from Saint Louis University and a Master of Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University. [Sources: Spring Hill College, McQuaid Jesuit, Midwest Jesuits]

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