February 10, 2016 — Jesuit Father Edward A. Reese, a veteran administrator of Jesuit high schools, has been appointed the 31st president of St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco. He will begin on July 1, succeeding Jesuit Father Edwin B. Harris.
Fr. Harris praised his successor for being forward-thinking and for having the depth of experience that stretches back to 1968, when Fr. Reese began his career in education as a Jesuit scholastic teaching at Loyola High School of Los Angeles.
Currently at Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix, where he has served for the past 20 years as president, Fr. Reese has also served as an assistant principal at Loyola High School; as assistant principal and principal at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, California (1978–1993); and as an administrator, teacher and counselor at St. Ignatius Riverview in Sydney, Australia (1993–1995).
Among Fr. Reese's many accomplishments at Brophy was the establishment of Loyola Academy in 2010, providing tuition-free education to 6th, 7th and 8th grade students coming from underserved populations in Phoenix.
Born in Alhambra, California, Fr. Reese graduated from Loyola High School in 1961 and then entered the Society of Jesus. After his studies in philosophy at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, and theology at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, he was ordained a priest in 1973.
Fr. Reese noted that he takes great pride “in serving with, hiring and promoting talented people in all the wonderful schools in which I have worked. It will be hard for me to leave Brophy. When the opportunity arose to serve the St. Ignatius community, I got excited. It's the right time to make a change. I hope I can do some good at SI.” [Source: St. Ignatius College Preparatory]