November 30, 2017 — Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School has named Margaret Higgins, Ph.D., its next president. Higgins, who currently serves as senior director of development and scholarship initiatives at Santa Clara University, will officially join the CRSJ team Dec. 15, 2017.
At the University of San Francisco, Higgins served as vice president of university life and chief student affairs officer and later, assistant to the president and adjunct faculty for the School of Education, Leadership and Organization. She then served as vice president of student affairs and assistant professor of education at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. More recently, Higgins transitioned her skills to fundraising and development in her current role at Santa Clara University.
Higgins earned a bachelor’s degree in communication disorders from The College of Saint Rose; a master’s in guidance and psychological services from Springfield College; and a Ph.D. in educational administration and policy from The Catholic University of America.
CRSJ also acknowledged the contributions of its founding president, Fr. Peter Pabst, SJ. “He, along with interim president Matt Bell and principal Joe Albers, have built an incredibly strong foundation upon which the new president, faculty and staff will continue to build in support of our amazing students,” the announcement said.
“We are confident that Higgins’ passion for the mission, leadership and people skills, administrative expertise and fundraising acumen are precisely the right combination of attributes CRSJ needs to build upon its early successes and move forward into what we know will be a very bright future for the school.”
Higgins said, "I relish this unique opportunity to lead a school which does not compromise the spiritual, intellectual or professional development of the next generation of San Jose's college graduates and community leaders. I can't wait to meet the students and families that will be a big part of the next phase of my career and life, while we work together to create and sustain an environment in which all will feel a sense of belonging and challenge." [Source: Cristo Rey San Jose]