Georgetown Prep Board Names Fr. James Van Dyke, SJ, President
Sept. 12, 2017 – The board of trustees of Georgetown Preparatory School has announced that Fr. James Van Dyke, SJ, has been named the next president of Georgetown Prep, 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, N.Y. In the classroom, Fr. Van Dyke has taught English and theology at Canisius, Xavier, Fordham Prep (Bronx, N.Y.), McQuaid Jesuit High School (Rochester, N.Y.), and Regis High School (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.
Denis Dwyer, chair of Georgetown Prep's board of trustees and chair of the presidential search committee, stated, “Fr. Van Dyke has the vision and skills to lead Prep into exciting new opportunities in education and furthering the mission of the school, while honoring our rich Jesuit history and strong traditions and values. Fr. Van Dyke looks forward to working with our outstanding faculty and staff to challenge, support, and care for our students as they develop into accomplished scholars, athletes, artists and engaged citizens in their community; men of faith and men for others.”
Fr. Van Dyke noted, “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. 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.”
Michael Bidwill ’83, vice-chair of the board of trustees and member of the presidential search committee, added, “This has been a careful and comprehensive process to identify the candidates best suited to lead this great Jesuit institution through the opportunities and challenges ahead. Although we considered many very qualified individuals, Fr. Van Dyke was the clear choice. He will be the next great leader for Georgetown Prep.”
Georgetown Preparatory School, situated on 93 acres in North Bethesda, Md., is an independent, Jesuit college-preparatory school for young men in grades nine through 12. The 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. Approximately 120 of the school’s 490 students are residents. Georgetown Prep is celebrating its 229th year of forming men for others.