Provincial Appoints Next President of Salesianum

Mr. Brendan P. Kennealey '94 will serve as the Fourth President of Salesianum School

Mr. Brendan P. Kennealey '94The Very Rev. James Greenfield, OSFS, provincial of the Wilmington/Philadelphia Province of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, and chairman of the Board of Trustees at Salesianum School, has appointed Mr. Brendan P. Kennealey '94 president of Salesianum School. His term will begin on July 1, 2011. Mr. Kennealey is currently Area Superintendent for the Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Schools. He will be the first layman, and the second graduate, to serve as president of Salesianum School.


"The Salesianum community is proud to have one of our own lead us," Fr. Greenfield said. "Mr. Kennealey's proven commitment to Catholic education and our church's social teaching, grounded in his clear understanding and living of our Salesian mission, positions him strongly to serve as our president. We Oblates are especially grateful to collaborate with Brendan, for the spirituality of our patron, St. Francis de Sales, is designed for laypeople to deepen their relationship with God in the service of others. The students, alumni, parents, and faculty will certainly benefit from his Salesian leadership."


Appointed by the provincial of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, in consultation with school's Board of Trustees, the president of Salesianum School is the school's chief executive officer and works closely with the administrative team to ensure Salesianum faithfully lives out its mission to educate gentlemen in the example of the gentleman saint, Francis de Sales.


Salesianum School was founded in 1903 and currently serves over 1000 students from Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland. The school has been recognized as one of the Top 50 Catholic High Schools by the Catholic High School Honor Roll for 2010-11. This designation shows that the school is among the best in the nation in academics, Catholic identity, and civic education.


"Salesianum has an extraordinary faculty, a dedicated staff, and a rich tradition that provides an outstanding educational and faith experience for our students," said Mr. Kennealey. "My role is to ensure that this Salesianum experience is accessible to a diverse constituency of families of all economic means for many more generations. I am blessed to be coming home to the Salesianum community."


Currently the school community is engaged in Taking Hold: The Campaign for Salesianum, a comprehensive capital campaign that seeks to raise $8 million to upgrade the school's athletic facilities and substantially increase financial aid. To date the school has secured approximately 60% of the $8 million needed. One of Mr. Kennealey's first objectives as president will be to continue the success the campaign has had, and complete its goals. As the newly appointed president of Salesianum, Mr. Kennealey succeeds Rev. James E. Dalton, OSFS, who has served as the school's president since 2004. Fr. Dalton's six-year term was extended one additional year to enable him to design and launch the on-going capital campaign which Mr. Kennealey will lead to completion.


"The Salesianum School community is extremely fortunate to have a person of Brendan's intellect and passion for Catholic education coming to lead them," said Dr. Mary Grassa O'Neill, Secretary of Education and Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Boston. "He has been a pleasure to work with, and his skills as a leader have earned him the respect and admiration of the entire Office of Catholic Schools here in Boston. The Salesianum Community is blessed to have him. I am confident that while Salesianum already has an excellent reputation and track record, it can only be enhanced under Brendan's leadership."


In his position with the Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Schools Office, he works with over 40 Catholic primary and secondary schools on strategic initiatives including faith formation, academic excellence, and financial viability. Kennealey also serves as an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Management at Boston College where he teaches Social Entrepreneurship.


In his professional career he has founded two non-profit organizations dedicated to the education and well being of youth in the country of Rwanda; the Benebikira Sisters Foundation (BSF) and Mission Schools International (MSI). BSF raises awareness and funding for the Benebikira Sisters' schools and health clinics in Rwanda. The Benebikira Sisters is a Rwandan order of Catholic nuns who currently educate over 5000 students and played a major role in helping to rebuild Rwanda after the devastating genocide in 1994. He currently serves as Chairman of the BSF board and has helped to generate over $400,000 of support towards their work. In 2007, he founded MSI, which worked closely with the Rwandan government to develop a comprehensive model of education. As part of this work, MSI helped develop the Rwandan national curriculum for entrepreneurship.


Mr. Kennealey has also worked extensively with Nativity Preparatory Schools, a nation-wide network of tuitionfree middle schools serving students from low-income families. Along with the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, he was a co-founder and former trustee of Nativity Preparatory School in Wilmington, DE, established in 2003. Beginning in 2000 he served as the founding principal of Nativity Preparatory School in New Bedford, MA, and at that time he was the youngest principal in the 30-year history of the Nativity-model schools in the United States. He is currently a member of the board for Nativity Prep of New Bedford.


Mr. Kennealey grew up in Wilmington, graduating from Immaculate Heart of Mary and then Salesianum. He holds a BA from Boston College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. In 2008, he received the Graduate of the Last Decade Award from Boston College. In 2006, he was honored with the Harvard Business School Student Service Award. That same year he was profiled in the Harvard Business School Alumni Magazine.


Salesianum School is a Roman Catholic independent secondary school that teaches young men to Live Jesus, guided by the spirituality of Saint Francis de Sales, through a college preparatory education, enabling them to take their place in the world as Salesian gentlemen.