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De La Salle High says ‘Goodbye’ to Brother Christopher, welcomes back Brother Robert

By Theresa Harrington
Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 at 5:51 pm in Concord, Education, Theresa Harrington.

Brother Robert Wickman will take over as Principal of De La Salle High School in Concord on July 1.

Brother Robert Wickman will take over as Principal of De La Salle High School in Concord on July 1, replacing Brother Christopher Brady.

For Brother Christopher Brady, the time just seems right to move on, he said.

After serving as principal of prestigious De La Salle High School in Concord for 11 years, he’ll be leaving at the end of June. But, he’s not sure where he’ll be going, he told me today.

“I don’t know yet,” he said enthusiastically. “That’s the best part of this. I’m looking at some different options wih my provincial about what I might do next year.”

He compared his uncertainty to the excited anticipation seniors feel when they’re waiting to hear which colleges have accepted them.

“I’m kind of like that high school student,” he said. “I might be an administrator at another school. I might go on Sabbatical (leave).”

Brady said he decided to leave in part because school President Mark DeMarco was implementing some other changes.

“As the president was looking at making some job changes and moving things around and shaking things up in the best sense, I thought, ‘Boy, this is probaby the right time to make the move,” Brady said. “I wanted to give him free rein.”

Brady is proud of progress that has been made at the school during his tenure. The quality of instruction is first-rate, he said, giving kudos to the faculty.

“And the students are great young men,” he said. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with them.”

DeMarco called on former Principal Brother Robert Wickman to replace Christopher in the 2011-12 school year. The 46-year-old all-boys school of 1,000 students is sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers.

“I look forward to welcoming Brother Robert back to De La Salle High School,” DeMarco said, in a prepared statement. “He served as principal here from 1994 to 1998 and was instrumental in laying the excellent foundation on which we continue to build. I am pleased that we have found someone eminently qualified to carry on the many good things that Brother Christopher Brady has accomplished in his service as principal here since 2000.”

Wickman, who holds master’s degrees in theology and educational administration, said he appreciated DeMarco’s invitation.

“Whatever the challenges of serving in leadership at a Catholic, Lasallian school in our day, returning to De La Salle is a time for me of much excitement and joy,” he said in a prepared statement. “I loved De La Salle High School when I served there as Principal over a decade ago. Being back at the school and having the opportunity to build on the tremendous work of Brother Christopher Brady and the many with whom he has collaborated is a great gift.”

“De La Salle is a place of creativity and wonderfully demonstrates a commitment to respond to and meet the needs of young people,” he added. “The school speaks confidently and with conviction of developing men of faith, integrity, and scholarship. It builds a deep sense of brotherhood among its students and looks to its Catholic identity and Lasallian heritage as the foundation for all it does.
It is a school of achievement, and the achievement that is central to its mission is sending young people into the world as leaders who serve to advance the good of society. This is the vision that caught the mind, heart, and soul of Saint John Baptist de La Salle over 330 years ago in France. It is this same vision that inspires the De La Salle Christian Brothers and their Partners in Mission today. I look forward to serving again with the Brothers and Partners at De La Salle in providing our students and their families with the best in contemporary Catholic, Lasallian education. And, of course, being back with the De La Salle students, as fine a group of young men as exists, is a source of great happiness for me. I also look forward to reconnecting with our alumni and their families whom I served in years past.”

De La Salle is a Catholic school founded in 1965. Located in the Diocese of Oakland, it is a college-preparatory school that aims to develop boys into young men of faith, integrity, and scholarship.

More information about the school is at http://www.dlshs.org/.

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