John M. Knight named Brother Thomas Lackey’s Successor
Warren, MI – The De La Salle Collegiate Board of Trustees has selected John M. Knight to be the next president of the school, announced the board’s chairman, Dr. John Moore.
Knight succeeds Brother Thomas Lackey, FSC, who announced last June that he would be stepping down at the conclusion of the 2014-15 academic year after four years at the helm.
As the first lay president of the high school, Knight will have primary responsibility for reinforcing and amplifying the high school’s Lasallian mission, achieving the goals of the recently completed strategic plan, and serving as the school community’s faith leader.
“We could not be more pleased to announce John Knight’s joining our De La Salle family. He is well-equipped to represent the Lasallian charism that makes our Catholic educational institution so unique,” said Dr. Moore, a 1975 De La Salle graduate. “We are also excited that he brings his considerable experience to help forward our strategic plan, build upon the great things that are happening right now at our school, and help La Salle to become an ever more important and positive change agent in the greater southeast Michigan community.”
“We are grateful for the service that Brother Tom Lackey has rendered to the school,” Moore added. “As a result of the efforts of Brother Tom, our principal Pat Adams, the administrative team and the faculty, our school has an impressive list of accomplishments over the past four years. We look forward to working with John, Pat, and the DLS team as they continue in our tradition of building boys and making men.”
Knight brings a wealth of experience to his new position, having spent the last 28 years in Catholic secondary education. He has served as school president at both St. Ignatius Prep in San Francisco, CA, and Canisius High School in Buffalo, NY. Prior to moving into school leadership, Knight spent 15 years at University of Detroit Jesuit High School in Detroit in campus ministry and as a teacher and coach.
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