April 27, 2015 — Jesuit Father David S. Ciancimino has been named as the 35th president of Canisius High School in Buffalo, New York, where he previously served as a teacher, admissions director and principal. Fr. Ciancimino will succeed Jesuit Father Joseph S. Costantino on June 1.
“Fr. Ciancimino regards his earlier years at CHS and in Buffalo to be among the happiest of his ministry, so he is thrilled to return, and we are delighted to have him back,” said Robert J. Reger Jr., chairman of the Canisius Board of Trustees.
Fr. Ciancimino is a graduate of Fordham University and the Weston School of Theology, with master’s degrees in theology and divinity. He holds a New York State certification in secondary education administration from Canisius College. He also served on the Canisius College Board of Trustees from 2007-09.
At Canisius High, he taught religion, Spanish and French from 1989-95; served as director of admissions from 1989-92; and was principal from 1992-97.
“I am very happy to return to Canisius High School and work again with so many terrific teachers in a community where CHS alumni maintain very close ties to the school,” Fr. Ciancimino said. “Since I was last here, I have had responsibilities that took me across the country and, at times, around the world. This is a return home of sorts for me and I am looking forward to strengthening Canisius’ mission of educating and forming men for others.”
From 1997-2004, Fr. Ciancimino was headmaster of his alma mater, Xavier High School in New York City. He was then appointed assistant to the New York Province Jesuits’ provincial from 2004-08, and he then served as provincial from 2008-2014. In this role, he was responsible for the care of more than 400 Jesuits as well as all the apostolic works of the province.
“Over the last several weeks, I have had the opportunity to meet with CHS trustees, parents and members of the faculty, staff, student body and alumni. Through all of these gatherings, I have come away impressed and re-energized by the passion and commitment to the school’s mission and legacy that all possess,” he said. “I am enthusiastic and eager to begin working closely with the school community." [Source: Canisius High School]