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Tim Reilly '76 Named New President of St. Xavier High School
Posted 12/15/2017 03:18PM

December 15, 2017


On behalf of the St. Xavier Board of Trustees, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Tim Reilly ’76 as the next president of St. Xavier High School. He will join the school from St. Ignatius Loyola School, Cincinnati, where he currently serves as principal; he will officially assume his new duties beginning in July 2018, which coincides with Fr. Timothy Howe SJ leaving for his new assignment. 

Tim is a nationally recognized educator who has served in key leadership roles with the National Catholic Education Association, Catholic Conference of Ohio, the Ohio Principal Center, and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. He has received the National Inclusive Education Leadership Award, Serving All God’s Children; Exceptional Collaboration and Support of Safe Environment for Students Award from the Council on Child Abuse; Sr. Helen Lucille “Game Changer” Award; Media Civic Leadership Award from Venue Magazine; “Man of the Year” Award from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society; Greater Cincinnati Inclusion Network Leadership Award; and the Jennings Scholar Award. He is also past CEO and Co-Founder of Optim-ALL Services, whose mission, since its founding in 2016, is to empower Catholic schools to successfully engage exceptional learners. 

He has also earned an impressive series of academic credentials beginning with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education at Miami University, then a Masters of Education degree at Xavier University, where he later completed his administration coursework.  This was followed by a Catechist Certification from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. At various times the during the past 25 years, Tim has also been an instructor at  Xavier University with his primary focus being Exceptional Leadership. In addition, Tim has a deep familiarity with St. Xavier High School, beginning as a 1976 graduate and later performing in a variety of roles as a member of the school’s Board of Trustees, with service on the Executive, Education, Mission Promotion and Facilities committees. And, he has been a St. Xavier parent. 

Under Tim’s leadership, St. Ignatius’ impressive performance has been frequently recognized. The school was named one of Cincinnati’s BEST elementary and secondary schools in 2016, a Top 100 Work Places in Cincinnati in 2014 through 2017, and a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 2008. During Tim’s 23 year tenure, St. Ignatius expanded its facilities, increased its enrollment, and significantly improved its development yield.

 Tim was chosen following a rigorous national search led by a diverse committee consisting of board trustees, faculty, staff, alumni, and parents. As we began the search, we did so with the mutual conviction that whomever we selected for the role must fully understand and embrace the values and traditions of Jesuit education, have the appropriate academic standing and credentials, as well as have an understanding of the complex and challenging landscape of college preparatory education. Tim Reilly has all these credentials; but most importantly, he values the Jesuit Catholic identity that is at the core of our mission as an institution, he feels a deep passion for St. Xavier, and he has the necessary leadership skills to propel St. Xavier forward for years to come. Our decision has been received enthusiastically by our Provincial, the V. Rev. Brian G. Paulson, SJ and Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr. 

I would like to thank fellow trustee Greg Achten ‘82 for his dedication and commitment to chairing the Presidential Search Committee, as well as the members of this committee for their tireless contributions to ensuring a successful outcome. We are fortunate, thanks to Fr. Howe’s leadership, that St. Xavier is stronger than ever. The school has a talented, experienced administration, faculty and staff at all levels who are achieving the goals of the strategic plan and the capital campaign. 

Please join me as members of the St. Xavier community in congratulating Tim Reilly in his new position. For additional information on Tim, please visit . If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach me by email at .





Ann Berger                                                   

St. Xavier Board of Trustees President    

St. Xavier
High School

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