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Fairfield Prep Names First Lay President

January 31, 2020 — Christian J. Cashman has been named the next president of Fairfield College Preparatory School in Fairfield, Connecticut, effective July 1. He will succeed Fr. Tom Simisky, SJ.

Cashman is currently president and head of school at Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford, Connecticut. In his role at Fairfield Prep, he will also serve as a member of Fairfield University’s Senior Leadership Team. Fairfield Prep is the only U.S. Jesuit high school that is still incorporated with a university.

“Mr. Cashman is a proven leader with a strong commitment to the excellence and the tradition which are hallmarks of a Jesuit, Catholic secondary education,” said Fairfield University President Nemec. “I am confident that Mr. Cashman will lead Fairfield Prep into a successful future. I would also like to thank Fr. Tom Simisky, SJ, for his service to the Fairfield Prep community, his commitment to our shared mission, and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

Previously a teacher in the theology department at Fairfield Prep, Cashman returns to the school after a three-year stint as the president and head of school at Northwest Catholic, where he not only acted as the Catholic spiritual leader and chief development officer of the school, but also oversaw all professional staff, budgetary processes, official communications and gift-giving.

Cashman also served as principal and chief administrator at East Catholic High School in Manchester, Connecticut, as well as the principal and head of school at St. Timothy Middle School in West Hartford, Connecticut. With a demonstrated dedication to Catholic education, Cashman held such titles as associate retreat director at the Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center in West Hartford; director of campus ministry and religion teacher at East Catholic High School in Manchester, Connecticut; and director of campus ministry and teacher of religion and English at Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati.

“As a Catholic parent and educator, I have received countless graces from my own Catholic and Jesuit education,” said Cashman. “I am thrilled and humbled to be coming home to my Jesuit roots and the Fairfield Prep community which has given so much to me and my family.”

A graduate of Xavier University in Cincinnati, Cashman earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a master’s degree in secondary education specializing in English. He is also a graduate of the Jesuit School Network’s Seminars in Ignatian Leadership. [Source: Fairfield Prep]





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