By Paul Tennant
---- — LAWRENCE — Brother Richard Carey, who as principal oversaw the transition of Central Catholic High School from an all-boys school to a coeducational institution, has come back to the school as its president.
Brother Thomas Long who led the school for eight years, resigned as president Aug. 31. Brother Thomas decided it was time to “find a new direction for his ministry,” according to David De DeFillippo, spokesman for Central Catholic.
Brother Richard, served as principal of the school from 1991 to 1999, took over as president last Monday.
In a letter sent to Central Catholic alums and current students and faculty, Michael T. Torrisi, chairman of the school’s board of directors, wrote: “Many veteran CCHS faculty and staff will recall that as Principal of Central Catholic High School from 1991-1999, Bro. Rick deftly led our school’s transition to the vibrant co-educational institution that it is today.”
Before professing his final vows as a Marist brother in 1981, Brother Richard taught at Central Catholic, DeFillippo said.
DeFillippo compared the roles of president and principal at a Catholic high school to those of the chief executive officer and chief operational officer in a corporation. The president, he explained, is responsible for long-range and strategic planning while the principal directs the day-to-day operations of the school.
DeFillippo was the principal at Central Catholic from 1999 to 2010. He was the first lay person to hold that post.
Brother Rick comes to Central Catholic most recently from an administrative role at Marist College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. and from responsibilities as Director of Major and Planned Gifts for the Marist Development Office.
He served nine years as President of Marist High School, Chicago, where he led major capital improvements efforts and the school’s move to co-education.
He has also served on the Marist Brothers Provincial Council and as a member of the Boards of Directors for Christopher Columbus High School in Florida and Mount St. Michael Academy in New York.
He is a graduate of Bradley University in Illinois and has a master’s degree in pastoral studies from Loyola University in Illinois and a master’s degree in educational administration and supervision from Boston College.
Central Catholic serves 1,330 students, who come from 51 different communities in the Merrimack Valley and southern New Hampshire. The Marist Brothers founded the school in 1935.
Founded in France in 1817, the Marist Brothers, an order of teachers, run schools in 79 countries.