Rev. Terrence A. Baum, SJ, announced April 26 that he will conclude his service as the 16th President of Rockhurst High School on June 30, 2017. The statement was made during a special meeting of the faculty and staff before the start of school and broadcast to the student body after the daily Morning Prayer.
“Our school community is truly grateful to Fr. Baum for his service and leadership,” commented Mr. Allen K. Roberson ’84, Chairman of the Board. “The future is very exciting for Catholic education in Kansas City. Perhaps Fr. Baum’s greatest legacy is that Rockhurst High School is primed and ready for that future as a resource to form leaders for the global community.”
Fr. Baum is one of the longest serving presidents in the Jesuit Schools Network. Since joining Rockhurst as President in February of 2004, Fr. Baum has overseen the school’s consistent standing as a top college preparatory institution in the Midwest. During his 12-year tenure, he helped to reinforce the Catholic and Jesuit identity of the school with activities to form students into “Men for Others” of competence, conscience, and compassion. Enrollment at the school has been strong during Fr. Baum’s administration with more than 1,000 students each year. In addition, there has been a constant emphasis on racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity for the school.
Fr. Baum oversaw fundraising that generated $41.3 million in charitable contributions. Capital improvements included construction of the Loyola Center athletic complex, a Dining Commons, and interactive classrooms. The school plans to build an Academic Learning Commons, as well as a Student Life and Alumni Center, in 2017. Advanced Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) programs were established during Fr. Baum’s administration, emphasizing creativity, innovation, collaboration, and critical-thinking, to serve each individual as he grows in college and life.