A Communication to Cristo Rey Network Friends and Family | July 2023
Dear friends of Cristo Rey,
In my first two weeks as the new President & CEO of the Cristo Rey Network, I continue to be inspired by the passion for this mission in everyone I meet. While I have been a part of Cristo Rey for nearly a decade, it never ceases to amaze me that this crazy idea actually works - and thank God it does! While on the University of Notre Dame's campus last week with the Cristo Rey Executive Leadership Program, I took the opportunity to deliver a message to the Cristo Rey teams across the country. I wanted to highlight the incredible success of the College and Alumni Counseling teams in our schools and the College Initiatives team at the national office. Through their hard work and the work of Cristo Rey students, nationwide, a record number of 23 graduates of the Class of 2023 will attend Notre Dame this fall for an average out-of-pocket cost of $700 per student per year. Partnerships like this are invaluable to our shared mission of students achieving their fullest potential.
Read on to see the many exciting accomplishments of our Cristo Rey school teams and their students, as well as the announcement of three influential leaders who have recently joined our National Board.
President and CEO
Cristo Rey Network
With inaugural graduations at Cristo Rey Richmond High School and Cristo Rey St. Viator College Preparatory High School (Las Vegas), 35 Cristo Rey Network schools collectively celebrated 2,700 graduates. Our annual cameo of photos captures the joy and hope of our Class of 2023, graduates' proud families, and their school communities that persevered through the past four years with grace and grit.
We congratulate all seniors on their next chapter in pursuit of a postsecondary degree. In the Class of 2023, 131 students have committed to some of our country's most selective colleges like Harvard, Stanford, Yale, University of Notre Dame and many more. Read the full listing of college commitments.
More Good News! According to the stats . . .
- seniors submitted a total of 32,000 applications and nearly 20,000 acceptances;
- seniors earned over $650M in scholarship offers over four years;
- 2500+ seniors have committed to college (94% of total class of 2023)
- the average out-of-pocket cost for students committed to four-year college is $2,884/year after student loans
University Partner Program Achieves Major Milestone
This year, 1 in 6 Class of 2023 graduates have committed to a University Partner! Our University Partner program continues to expand in depth and in value for our students and partnering institutions.
We are proud to name Olivet Nazarene University, Illinois Institute of Technology, and Rhodes College our 74th, 75th, and 76th University Partners!
Cristo Rey Network Appoints New Board Members
As we embark on our future, Jane Genster has been appointed as Board Chair and outgoing Chair John O'Shea will continue his term as a board member. Our Board also recently approved the appointment of three new members: Dave Mason, President and CEO of San Miguel High School in Tucson, AZ; alumnae Maj. Mary Lea Bordelon, Philippines Country Director at Secretary of the United States Air Force, International Affairs, Washington, D.C.; and Rosemarie Thurston, Partner at Alston & Bird, with the Financial Services & Products Group in Atlanta, GA.
We thank members of the CRN Board who have served multiple terms and contributed significant guidance and support: Preston Kendall, Sister Maryalyce Gilfeather, Darren Jackson, Tom O'Connor, and Jose Madrid.
Did you know? 796 local school board members and 235 Corporate Work Study Board members volunteer their time, mission-driven oversight, and care for our school communities.
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