> May 16, 2003 - Walsh Jesuit High School today announced the selection of Fr. Michael J. Marco, S.J., to the position of president, effective July 1, 2003.Fr. Marco will be the school's tenth president and replaces Fr. Donald J. Petkash, S.J., who has served in the role since 1992.
...With the appointment of Fr. Marco, the school's highest leadership roles continue to be filled by Jesuit priests.
..."We are absolutely delighted that Fr. Marco is joining Walsh Jesuit," said Robert Hager, chairman of the Walsh Jesuit board of trustees and head of the school's presidential search committee.
...Marco is a young, bright, and enthusiastic leader, and we feel fortunate for the opportunity to fill the role of president with another Jesuit.Fr. Marco
brings with him a true knowledge of the Ignatian tradition of excellence in education and what it means to help students develop into ‘men and women for others.' "In his role as president, Fr. Marco will be responsible for communicating the Jesuit mission and vision of the school to all members of the school community.He also will oversee fundraising and development, with an emphasis on continuing efforts to strengthen the Walsh Jesuit endowment.A native of Schuyler, Neb., Fr. Marco, 41, joined the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in 1984 and was ordained into the priesthood in June 1996.He holds a B.A. in psychology from Creighton University in Omaha; a master of divinity from Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Mass.; and a master of education in religious education from Boston College.Since 1996 Fr. Marco has been with Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha.He joined the high school as a theology instructor, became chair of the Theology Department in August 1997, was named director of Campus Ministry in August 2000, and has served as assistant to the president since July 2002.Previously he served Marquette University High School in Milwaukee as a theology and psychology instructor and an assistant varsity baseball coach.Fr. Marco
believes strongly that no ministry is more important than working with young men and women during their impressionable and formative high school years."We need young people of compassion, conscience, and character who will do great things for our world, and Jesuit high schools develop this type of individual," Fr. Marco