November 9, 2017 — St. Louis University High School (SLUH) has announced the appointment of Alan R. Carruthers as the next president of the school. Carruthers will succeed David J. Laughlin, who announced this January he will complete his 13-year term as president on June 30, 2018, to assume the role of president at Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, Missouri.
"It is with utmost humility, excitement and sense of shared mission that my family and I have accepted the offer to serve as the next president of SLUH," said Carruthers. "SLUH has a long and storied tradition of academic excellence focused on forming socially aware, critical thinkers who engage in leadership for justice and service of the church. I am confident that our lay and Jesuit collaborative partnership will continue this heritage into the future."
Carruthers brings to SLUH 22 years of Jesuit secondary education experience, first as a social studies teacher, head lacrosse coach and assistant football coach at Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, Missouri (1995-2000); then as vice principal and teacher at St. Paul’s Jesuit High School in Winnipeg, Manitoba (2000-12); and most recently as principal at Regis Jesuit High School – Boys Division in Aurora, Colorado (2012-present).
After graduating from St. Paul’s Jesuit High School in Winnipeg, Carruthers earned a B.A. from the University of Manitoba/St. Paul’s Jesuit College and a B.Ed. from the University of Manitoba. In addition, he has completed a master's in Jesuit administration from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and the Jesuit Schools Network’s Seminars in Ignatian Leadership.
“Alan Carruthers has had a distinguished career as an educator in Jesuit schools,” said Jesuit Father Ronald Mercier, provincial of the Jesuits' USA Central and Southern Province. “He has a strong commitment to educational excellence shaped by his devotion to Catholic and Jesuit tradition. He will build on the strong foundation already in place and help implement the school's forward-looking vision so ably crafted under the leadership of David Laughlin and SLUH's Board of Trustees.”
Carruthers begins his service at SLUH on July 1, 2018. [Source: Central and Southern Province]