La Salle College High School has announced the appointment of Brother James L. Butler, FSC as the school’s fourth President, succeeding Brother Richard Kestler, FSC ’60 in the summer of 2013. The decision was made public by Benjamin J. Ventresca, Jr. ’70, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and concludes a national search among Brothers of the Christian Schools to find a successor to Brother Richard who has served as President since 2005 and announced earlier that he will step down on June 30, 2013 following two successful terms. Brother Dennis Malloy, FSC, Visitor of the District of Eastern North America, has concurred with the decision and the Board of Trustees has ratified the appointment with a resolution adopted at its meeting on February 8, 2012.
Pictured Left to Right: Bro. James L. Butler, FSC, Future President;
Mr. Benjamin J. Ventresca ’70, Board of Trustees Chairman;
and Bro. Richard Kestler, FSC ’60, Current President
Brother James Butler, FSC is an educator with over thirty years of professional experience and currently serves as the Principal of Christian Brothers Academy (CBA), a Lasallian college preparatory school located in Lincroft, NJ. He became Principal of Christian Brothers Academy in 2008 and, in addition to overseeing school operations, teaches senior English and serves as moderator of the Mothers’ and Fathers’ Clubs. Brother James participated in the recent Project 50 Campaign at Christian Brothers Academy, which led to the construction of new academic facilities consisting of a library and technology center, main office suite, classrooms, and science labs.
Though his professional service in education has seen him teaching in the Holy Land and Australia as well as the schools of the former Baltimore and New York provinces of the Christian Brothers, Brother James is no stranger to La Salle College High School. In addition to his recent service to the Board of Trustees, his student teaching was done under the supervision of long-time La Salle faculty member Brother David Rogers, FSC.
Brother James’ administrative experience has been at Hudson Catholic High School as well as Christian Brothers Academy. He served from 2003-2007 as the Auxiliary Visitor and Director of Education for the Baltimore Province of the Christian Brothers and has served as a member of nine governing boards and participated in numerous school reviews and searches, including the selection process which brought both Brother Richard Kestler, FSC and Principal Joseph Marchese to La Salle College High School in 2005.
Brother James Butler, FSC is honored and humbled by the opportunity to work at a school he describes as “the epitome of what a Lasallian college preparatory school can and should be” and to follow an administrator as “excellent, influential, and ideal as Brother Richard Kestler, FSC.”