April 8, 2015 — Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Baltimore and Marquette University High School in Milwaukee both named new presidents in late March. Dr. William Heiser will be Cristo Rey’s second president, and Jesuit Father Michael J. Marco will become the 11th president of Marquette High.
Dr. Heiser currently serves as principal of Catonsville High School in Catonsville, Maryland, and is a former principal of North County High School in Glen Burnie, Maryland. He was the assistant dean of Loyola University Maryland’s College of Arts & Sciences and earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the school. He also received an Ed.D. in higher education administration from Morgan State University in Baltimore. In 2013, the Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals named him Principal of the Year.
“[Dr. Heiser’s] talent, experience and commitment to Jesuit values and education will continue to shape the wonderful traditions Cristo Rey has built within its student body and the community,” said Jesuit Father Robert Hussey, provincial for the Maryland Province Jesuits.
At Marquette High, Fr. Marco will begin as president in July 2016. He will succeed Jesuit Father Warren Sazama, a 1964 alumnus of Marquette High who served more than 25 years at the school, including the past nine years as president.
Fr. Marco has served as special assistant to the president at Marquette High since 2013. He was previously the president of Georgetown Preparatory School in Maryland from 2010-2013 and of Walsh Jesuit High School in Ohio from 2003-2010. From 1996-2002, Fr. Marco was a theology teacher and department chair, director of campus ministry and assistant to the president at Creighton Preparatory High School in Omaha, Nebraska. He taught psychology and theology and coached baseball at Marquette High early in his career from 1989-1992.
A Nebraska native, Fr. Marco holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Creighton University in Omaha and a teacher certification from Marquette University in Milwaukee. He also holds a master’s degree from Boston College in religious education, a Master of Divinity degree from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology, and studied philosophy at Saint Louis University. Fr. Marco currently serves on the boards of the Jesuit Secondary Education Association and Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Milwaukee, opening in fall 2015.
Jesuit Father Thomas A. Lawler, provincial of the Wisconsin Province Jesuits and 1983 graduate of Marquette High, said, “Fr. Marco is a fine Jesuit and priest, and a gifted administrator and leader. I have every confidence that Fr. Marco will be an excellent leader and will continue Marquette High’s legacy as one of the best high schools in the region.” [Sources: Maryland Province Jesuits, Marquette University High School]