Two Jesuit high schools in suburban St. Louis and Houston have named lay men to presidencies once held by Jesuits.
At De Smet Jesuit High School in suburban St. Louis, a 1990 alumnus, Corey Quinn, was tapped to serve as the school’s seventh president. Quinn will succeed Fr. Wally Sidney, who has served as president since 2006.
Since 2008, Quinn has been president of De La Salle Middle School in St. Louis, a Catholic school that provides a holistic, faith-based education to low-income African American students.
Quinn, who once taught senior theology at De Smet, will begin his new role July 1. The school had conducted a national search for Sidney’s successor.
De Smet’s board of trustees unanimously elected Quinn for the position Monday.
Also on Monday, Paul Posoli was named second president of Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School of Houston. Posoli has served as interim president since July 2014, filling in for the late founder and president, Fr. Antonio “T.J.” Martinez, who died in November. Posoli’s appointment is effective immediately and comes after a broad national search.
Posoli had been involved with the school as a long-time volunteer, teacher and supporter.
Before taking the leadership role at Cristo Rey Jesuit, Posoli spent 20 years in the energy industry. He began his career as a certified public accountant.
He is a graduate of Jesuit High School in Tampa, Fla., Northwestern University and the University of Miami.
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