May 7, 2014 — Jesuit Father Jack McLain, who has extensive experience in Jesuit secondary education, has been selected as the next president of Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, Calif., effective March 2015.
“On behalf of the search committee, I wish to welcome Father Jack McLain, S.J., to the Bellarmine College Prep community and congratulate him on his selection as the next president of Silicon Valley's oldest institution of secondary education,” said Jesuit Father Michael Engh, president of Santa Clara University, Bellarmine trustee and chair of the Presidential Search Committee. “All of us at Santa Clara University are eager to continued fruitful cooperation between our two Jesuit schools.”
Fr. McLain, a member of the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus, most recently served at Saint Ignatius’ College in Sydney, Australia, and St. Aloysius College, also in Sydney.
In addition, Fr. McLain, a decorated combat veteran, served as battalion chaplain in the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division.
"I am humbled, honored and excited to be asked to accept the leadership of Bellarmine College Prep by the Bellarmine community, the Society of Jesus and the church,” said Fr. McLain. “Bellarmine is a truly one-of-a-kind organization with a rich tradition of excellence in Jesuit education. I look forward to helping ensure that Bellarmine's future continues to meet and exceed the standards of what Jesuit education is all about: helping young people become great human beings by helping them to understand who they've been created to be, then becoming that person."
Fr. McLain received his Master of Divinity degree from Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Mass.; a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from St. Michael’s Institute at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash.; and a bachelor’s degree in radio and television broadcasting production from Washington State University.
Fr. McLain succeeds Jesuit Father Paul G. Sheridan, who has served as president of Bellarmine since December 2005. [Source: Bellarmine College Preparatory]