March 23, 2015 — Cheverus High School in Portland, Maine, has named Jesuit Father George E. Collins as the school’s 19th president. He will succeed Jesuit Father William R. Campbell, who will become the vice president for mission at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Fr. Collins, who currently serves as the director of campus ministry at Fairfield University in Connecticut, will begin his tenure at Cheverus on July 1.
“Fr. Collins's leadership skills and his commitment to the Jesuit mission are admirable, and I am confident that the school will be well served by his presence,” said Jesuit Father John Cecero, provincial of the USA Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus.
A native of Boston, Fr. Collins has strong ties to New England. He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Boston College and then worked at the Boston Edison Company as a process/planning supervisor.
Fr. Collins returned to Boston College and earned a master’s in pastoral ministry in 2000, the same year that he entered the Jesuits. In 2001, his career as an educator began at the Latin-Rite Secondary School in Amman, Jordan, where he taught English. He also holds a master’s in philosophy from Loyola University Chicago and a master’s in theology and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California. He was ordained in June 2010 and in 2011, Fr. Collins came to Fairfield University as the coordinator of mission and identity. He took over the director of campus ministry position in the fall of 2012.
“I would like to thank the Presidential Search Committee and the board of trustees for this incredible opportunity. Cheverus High School was a privileged time and place for me in my own Jesuit formation when I taught there from 2005-2007,” said Fr. Collins. “Returning to Cheverus, this time as its 19th president, is a great privilege. I look forward to working with a dedicated and talented group of administrators, faculty, and staff in providing an excellent and well-rounded Jesuit education to the young women and men entrusted to our care.” [Source: Cheverus High School]