May 20, 2016 — St. John’s Jesuit High School and Academy has appointed Fr. Jeffrey Putthoff, SJ, a Jesuit from the Central and Southern Province, as the school’s 11th president. The school, located in Toledo, Ohio, educates young men in grades 6 through 12.
Fr. Putthoff spent 16 years building Hopeworks ‘N Camden in Camden, New Jersey, an organization that trains youth, ages 14-23, in website design, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Salesforce technology. Hopeworks has worked with over 3,000 youth in one of the poorest and most underserved communities in America to transform their lives. Hopeworks youth have gained real-world work experience through using their technical training and skills with over 450 business clients. Many of the youth have gone on to earn their GED, attain internships, attend and complete college, and find rewarding jobs.
||Fr. Jeffrey Putthoff, SJ, with a young man at Hopeworks 'N Camden|
In addition to building an innovative and effective non-profit organization for youth, Fr. Putthoff has also served as an Ignatian retreat director in Philadelphia, an associate pastor at Holy Name Parish in Camden and a high school teacher at St. Louis University High School.
He has a Bachelor of Philosophy from Saint Louis University and four master’s degrees: a master's in organizational dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania; a Master of Theology from Weston School of Theology (now the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry); a Master of Divinity, also from Weston School of Theology; and a Master of English from Loyola University Chicago.
“Fr. Putthoff is a ‘son of St. Ignatius’ who knows the transformative power of a Jesuit education. His track record as a successful leader of a high impact mission-driven non-profit demonstrates his ability to inspire and support and effect positive change in the lives of people seeking hope. The Midwest Jesuits welcome Fr. Putthoff to Toledo,” said Father Brian Paulson, SJ, provincial of the Chicago-Detroit Province.
“I am looking forward to returning to my Midwestern roots and begin leading St. John’s Jesuit as the school enters its next 50 years. I have experienced a God of surprise and joy during my years as a Jesuit, and that experience is firmly rooted in my own Jesuit education, the same education that is particular to St. John’s Jesuit," said Fr. Putthoff.