January 17, 2012
Dear Parents, Students, Alumni, and Friends of the Mount,
Over the last several months of his life, Brother James had several conversations with me about “succession planning,” or as Brother sometimes referred to it “what to do when I’m dead and gone.” These were always frank talks, and his only goal was to do what was best for the Mount and for our students. With Brother’s guidance the Board of Directors embarked on a path of transition that would lead to a directed search for a candidate to become our President, a candidate who could build successfully on the legacy Brother left us. Brother wanted to be sure that we would remain true to our Xaverian and our Catholic roots.
Once the candidate was identified, the Board created a Succession Committee to help in the process of questioning the candidate. He was then put in touch with five of our students and one alumnus from 2011. The Board then spent an entire meeting with our candidate, assessing his candidacy. On January 11th, our candidate came to school, and he spent the day meeting with all of the faculty and staff, followed by meetings with some alumni and some parents. Following those sessions, the Board met with the Succession Committee to receive final input prior to a full Board vote.
I am happy to announce that the Board of Directors of Mount Saint Joseph has appointed George E. Andrews, Jr. as the President of Mount Saint Joseph for a three year term, beginning July 1, 2012. George is no stranger to the Mount community, as he taught here from 1987 to 1998 in the Social Studies Department. During that time he also served as Admissions Director and Assistant Principal, Director of Staff Formation. For the last fourteen years George has served as the Principal of York Catholic High School in York, P.A., where, according to one alumnus of York Catholic, his “outstanding leadership was a major factor in the continuing success and viability of the school.”
George is a graduate of the Xaverian Brothers’ school in Leonardtown, MD, St. Mary’s Ryken High School (Ryken HS at the time of his graduation). He has maintained contact with the Brothers over the years, even serving on the Board at his alma mater when Brother James was the chair of that Board. George and his wife, Mary Kate, have two children, Catherine, 16, and Michael, 14, both of whom attend York Catholic. I am certain that a part of George’s heart will always be with York Catholic. As he serves at the Mount as President and at York Catholic as a proud parent, I can assure you that he will devote every ounce of his energy to building on the legacy Brother James has left us to “take good care of the boys.” Please join me in welcoming George back to the Mount and join me in praying for him, his family, and the community at York Catholic as he makes this transition.
Barry J. Fitzpatrick