DePaul Cristo Rey’s founding president, Sister Jeanne Bessette, OSF, Ed.D., has announced that she is leaving at the end of the current (2019-20) school year, after completing 11 years in which she founded and led the school.
S. Jeanne was hired by the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati to open DePaul Cristo Rey. When it opened in 2011, it was Cincinnati’s first new Catholic high school in 50 years. Under her leadership the school has grown in enrollment, Corporate Work Study Program partners, financial support, community awareness, and physical facilities. S. Jeanne led the first capital campaign, Building. Futures. Together. for a Greater Cincinnati, which has raised $20.8 million for a campus transformation that includes two new buildings.
“Serving as the founding president of DePaul Cristo Rey High School has been an incredible blessing in my life. I am especially proud of three things: the success of our students to and into college, the partnerships with businesses across the region for our Corporate Work Study Program, and the campus transformation taking place which will impact students and families for decades to come,” says S. Jeanne.
DePaul Cristo Rey’s Board of Directors has begun a national search for the next president to begin serving in summer 2020.