RELAN – District Announces New East Bay School’s First President

The De La Salle Christian Brothers are pleased to announce Michael Anderer as founding President of their new Lasallian school, Cristo Rey De La Salle East Bay High School, in Oakland, California.  Anderer currently serves as the Vice President for Mission Advancement at De Marillac Academy in San Francisco, California.  He will conclude his De Marillac Academy duties at the end of this academic year, and begins as President of Cristo Rey De La Salle East Bay High School on July 1, 2017.

Brother Visitor Donald Johanson, FSC, praised the progress of the school thus far, stating, “We appreciate Bishop Michael Barber’s invitation to serve the families of the East Bay and are grateful for our collaboration with the Cristo Rey Network.  I am also impressed by the commitment of the founding Board of Trustees, Project Manager John Scudder, and volunteer leaders like Steve Wilcox and the other members of the Founders Circle.  Many talented and generous individuals, including Michael Anderer, are partnering together to make this dream a reality.”

Anderer brings to this role more than 25 years of experience in educational communities as a teacher, campus minister, community organizer, principal and president.  He has served primarily in non-tuition driven educational institutions that serve youth and families growing up in challenging social and economic circumstances, including schools in Camden, New Jersey; Chicago, Illinois; and the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco, California.

Dr. Carole Swain, Trustee Board Chair, noted, “Michael Anderer brings extensive leadership experience to this initiative, along with a deep passion and creative fidelity for serving underserved students and their families.  The Board of Trustees is enthusiastic about his appointment as our President and CEO, and his longstanding commitment to the Lasallian Catholic educational mission.  We are excited to support him in these critical months and years ahead.  We also remain grateful for the support of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, and are proud to continue the rich educational legacy of Saint Elizabeth High School.”

“I am humbled, honored and excited,” Anderer says, “to build a new educational community in the city of Oakland.  I am thrilled to partner with local businesses and corporations across the East Bay to bring this innovative educational model to life.”  Anderer looks forward to working closely with the St. Elizabeth High School alumni in building upon their history, tradition and spirit.  He will also be forming the school’s founding team of administrators this spring and looks forward to welcoming 125 freshmen to the school in the fall of 2018. Cristo Rey De La Salle East Bay High School will ultimately serve 500 low-income youth and their families from the underserved neighborhoods of the East Bay region of Northern California.

Read original news release from the San Francisco New Orleans District.

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