Fr. James Van Dyke, SJ, Named Next President of Georgetown Preparatory School
September 20, 2017 — Georgetown Preparatory School in North Bethesda, Maryland, has named Fr. James Van Dyke, SJ, as its next president, effective July 1, 2018.
Fr. Van Dyke is a committed administrator, teacher and leader. As the founding principal at Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School, Fr. Van Dyke created the curriculum and engaged a faculty and staff to set the school in motion. He was the rector of the Jesuit Community at St. Ignatius while serving as director of Ignatian Programs and faculty and staff faith formation at Xavier High School in New York City. He currently serves as the director of Ignatian Programs and faculty formation at Canisius High School in Buffalo, New York.
In the classroom, Fr. Van Dyke has taught English and theology at Canisius High; Xavier High; Fordham Preparatory School in the Bronx, New York; McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester, New York; and Regis High School in New York City. At Regis, he also served as the school’s chaplain. He has served on the board of trustees at Fordham Prep and Regis High School.
“I am excited and eager to work with the entire Georgetown Prep community to ensure this great school’s continued success as an outstanding Jesuit institution, enhance our Ignatian spirituality, and ensure a vibrant Prep for future generations,” Fr. Van Dyke said.
Fr. Scott Pilarz, SJ, current president of Georgetown Prep, said, “I could not be more thrilled for Fr. Van Dyke and Georgetown Prep. I’ve known Fr. Van Dyke for many years as we entered the Society of Jesus together in 1981. He is an excellent educator, talented administrator, and more importantly, a wonderful man and Jesuit.”
Georgetown Preparatory School was founded in 1789 by Archbishop John Carroll, SJ, the first Catholic Bishop of the United States. Georgetown Prep is America’s oldest boarding and day school for young men and the only Jesuit boarding school in the country. [Source: Georgetown Prep]