Reilly ap­pointed Malvern Prep’s next head of school

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The Malvern Prepara­tory School Board of Trustees an­nounced Tues­day the ap­point­ment of the Rev. Don­ald F. Reilly, O.S.A., D.Min. as the next Malvern Prep head of school, ef­fec­tive July 1, 2017.

Fa­ther Reilly will suc­ceed Chris­tian Tal­bot, who ear­lier this year an­nounced that he would re­sign at the end of the cur­rent aca­demic year.

Reilly is cur­rently the pres­i­dent and CEO of Saint Au­gus­tine Prepara­tory School in Rich­land, N.J., and was pre­vi­ously the Au­gus­tinian Prior Pro­vin­cial of the Saint Thomas of Vil­lanova Prov­ince.

Reilly will be the 14th Head of School in Malvern Prep’s his­tory.

“Christ­mas came early this year be­cause Malvern Prep has found the perfect new leader,” said Malvern Prep Board Chair Steve Cloet­ingh. “Three months ago, Malvern launched a highly con­sul­ta­tive search process that iden­ti­fied the ideal qual­i­ties and ex­pe­ri­ence of our next head of school, and Fa­ther Reilly pos­sesses ev­ery one of the per­sonal, lead­er­ship and aca­demic qual­i­ties iden­ti­fied. He also knows Malvern well as a long­time board mem­ber.”

Reilly has served as pres­i­dent and CEO of Saint Au­gus­tine Prepara­tory School, a brother Au­gus­tinian school, since 2011.

At Saint Au­gus­tine Prep, he led a trans­for­ma­tion in all ar­eas of the school. He was cred­ited with rais­ing the aca­demic rigor with a fo­cus on stu­dent-cen­tered ed­u­ca­tion through a new Con­cen­tra­tions pro­gram, in­creased board and stu­dent di­ver­sity by 25 and 18 per­cent re­spec­tively, launched a new cam­pus master plan in­clud­ing the construction of a new athletic cen­ter and in­vested in in­no­va­tive fac­ulty pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment pro­grams an ac­tive board mem­ber of the New Jersey As­so­ci­a­tion of In­de­pen­dent Schools.

Prior to his ap­point­ment to Saint Au­gus­tine, he was the Prior Pro­vin­cial of the Saint Thomas of Vil­lanova Prov­ince from 2002-2010 where he over­saw the min­istries of 220 Au­gus­tinian Fri­ars.

From 1995-2002, he was the founder and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the AIDS sup­port or­ga­ni­za­tion, Siloam. He has also served as a pas­tor, high school teacher, Au­gus­tinian per­son­nel di­rec­tor and cam­pus min­is­ter.

“I am tremen­dously hon­ored and hum­bled by this ap­point­ment as Malvern Prep’s next head of school,” said Reilly. “Trust­ing in God, I look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing Malvern’s ex­cit­ing aca­demic jour­ney of in­no­va­tion and hope to nur­ture that jour­ney with a con­tin­ued com­mit­ment to the Au­gus­tinian val­ues of truth, unity and love. At the same time, I leave Saint Au­gus­tine Prep with a heavy heart but am grate­ful for the friend­ship and love al­ways shown to me by this com­mu­nity.”

Reilly grad­u­ated from Mon­signor Bon­ner High School and holds an un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree from Vil­lanova Univer­sity, a grad­u­ate de­gree from Washington The­o­log­i­cal Union and a doc­tor­ate in min­istry (coun­sel­ing) from New York The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary.

“As we look for­ward to a long and fruit­ful tran­si­tion over the next six months, I

also wish to thank the en­tire search com­mit­tee and par­tic­u­larly John McGlinn, com­mit­tee chair, as well as all the staff, fac­ulty, par­ents, alumni and stu­dents who participated in the search process,” said Cloet­ingh.

The Rev. Don­ald F. Reilly, O.S.A., D.Min.

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