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Thomas L. Ryan Named Principal of Cristo Rey Boston High School

Cristo Rey Boston High School is pleased to announce that Thomas L. Ryan has been named principal of the school, effective Monday, August 26, 2019. President Rosemary J. Powers made the announcement, praising Ryan as an “effective school leader, with a long history of service in Catholic education.”  


“Tom brings a wealth of experience to Cristo Rey Boston, having spent the past nineteen years at Catholic Memorial School in a number of roles,” said Powers. “His breadth and depth of knowledge as an effective school leader will serve us well and I am excited to start working with him.” Mr. Ryan most recently served as the Head of Middle School: Vice Principal for Mission and Integration at Catholic Memorial and was formerly Director of Admissions there 


“Tom Ryan’s extensive experience in Catholic education makes him a stellar fit for the principal position at Cristo Rey Boston, said Archdiocese of Boston Superintendent of Catholic Schools Thomas Carroll. In addition, he is a strong Catholic who is committed to Cristo Rey’s mission of providing a caring, faith-based community that is dedicated to educating young women and men to become compassionate, responsible, lifelong learners. I look forward to working with Tom in his new position at Cristo Rey.” 


Dr. Mary Kearney, Chief Academic Officer for the Cristo Rey Network, said, “After a thoughtful search, Cristo Rey Boston is fortunate to welcome Mr. Thomas Ryan as its new principal. Mr. Ryan brings many years of experience as a Catholic educator and administrator to his new role. With the new president of the school, Rosemary Powers, Mr. Ryan is focused on making Cristo Rey Boston the school of choice for families in Boston’s neighborhoods.” 


For Mr. Ryan, the move represents an opportunity to employ his deep experience at a mission-driven school. “The Cristo Rey mission brings the Gospels to life by nurturing the dignity, perseverance, growth, and generosity of our students and their families. I am honored and humbled to join the Cristo Rey Boston community, and look forward to working with the dedicated staff and community partners to accompany and support the young men and women of Cristo Rey on their learning and faith journey.” 


Ryan said, The fact that Cristo Rey Boston High School exclusively serves students from under-resourced families creates a new opportunity for me to utilize the skills I’ve developed. One of my core educational philosophies is the Jesuit charism of men and women for and with others, and I have always viewed education as an agent of change.” 


Tom and his wife Kara met as participants in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and have lived in the city of Boston for the past 18 years with their three children, all of whom attend Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese.  


About Thomas L. Ryan 

Tom Ryan graduated from Stonehill College with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies.  While at Stonehill, Tom was a four-year member of the men’s varsity basketball team, where he was teammates with current Providence men’s basketball Coach Ed Cooley. He was the first ever non-scholarship captain in the team’s history. He also was one of three seniors in a graduating class of 400 to receive the school’s “Outstanding Volunteer” award.  


Upon graduation from Stonehill, Tom entered the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, where he served in Kansas City, Missouri.  After his JVC year Tom embarked on a teaching career, where he taught in Washington DC, Rochester Minnesota, and most recently in Boston at Catholic Memorial School for the past 19 years. 


While at Catholic Memorial Tom taught Theology and Social Studies.  He served as the school’s Dean of Students from 2003 to 2010, the Director of Admissions from 2010 to 2015 and most recently was the Head of the Middle School and Vice Principal of Mission and Integration.  Throughout his career he has been an active participant in school through Campus Ministry and service trips.  He has coached football, volleyball, basketball, softball, lacrosse and cross country throughout his teaching career.  


Tom holds a master’s degree from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, and a Certificate of Catholic School Leadership from Creighton University, and has completed additional graduate coursework at Boston College and Framingham State.