Cristo Rey Boston High School is pleased to announce that Kevin J. Kraska has been named president of the school, effective Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Board of Directors Chairman Harry Ebbighausen made the announcement, praising Kraska as a mission-driven individual who will serve the school well in his new role.
“Kevin comes to Cristo Rey Boston after a distinguished financial services career at Prudential, JP Morgan, and Wells Fargo,” said Ebbighausen. “He also has an extensive background in serving youth from limited economic means in the New York/New Jersey area, and is an active member of his parish. Kevin is a person of faith who understands Cristo Rey Boston’s unique mission, and the CRB community welcomes him warmly."
For the 57 year-old Kraska, the move represents a return to his New England roots. He grew up in Swansea, Massachusetts, graduated from Boston College, and worked in Boston early in his career.
“This is a homecoming for me,” said Kraska. “I’m delighted to be back in Boston. When my closest friends heard about this, they said, ‘Kevin, this is who you are...this is where your life has been heading,’ and I think they are right. It’s an opportunity to bring my business experience to a philanthropic endeavor that I am passionate about - the Cristo Rey mission to help the under-resourced youth of our city get a head start toward a college degree. I see this as the culmination of my life’s work. I’m more excited about this job than any job I’ve ever had.”
Kevin and his wife, Linda, are the parents of three children - twin daughters Caroline and Sarah (24 years old), and son Brian (18 years old), who is currently attending the University of Michigan.
Cristo Rey Boston is a private, Catholic high school serving the most under-resourced families in Greater Boston, offering college-preparatory academics and a work-study program that makes it unique among Boston schools. Its mission is to educate students to become men and women of faith, purpose and service.