Westchester’s St. Joseph High School announces new school president

Brother Thomas Harding | Submitted
Brother Thomas Harding | Submitted

Just in time for the school year, St. Joe’s in Westchester has a new school president. Read the release:

On August 1, the Midwest Province of the Christian Brothers formally introduced Brother Thomas Harding, FSC, as president of St. Joseph High School. Brother Thomas, an alum of St. Joseph (1972), comes to the school after having served as teacher, principal and president at other Lasallian schools, including DeLaSalle Institute in Chicago and Montini Catholic in Lombard, where he had been assigned for 24 years. Brother Thomas most recently served at Montini Catholic as Director of Community, Foundation & Corporate Relations. He also served the school as its principal from 1987-1991 and as its president from 1991-2004.

“I am very excited to return to my alma mater,” Brother Thomas shared with the faculty at one of the orientation meetings to begin the new school year. “Faith and flexibility will be important for us as we continue to build on the successes of our mission. The good news of our school, as evidenced by the eight million dollars in scholarships from the most recent graduating class, is a story that we must share with the community.” Brother Thomas also spoke about “selling the invisible,” sharing with students and parents the stories that each teacher brings to their classroom. “We have such a wealth of experience, tradition and energy here that it needs to be shared with all members of the school community. I am very impressed with this faculty and staff.”

Brother Thomas also acknowledged the recent addition of other Christian Brothers to the leadership team, including Brother James Gaffney, FSC, newly appointed chair of the St. Joseph Board of Directors and president of Lewis University as well as Brother Konrad Diebold, FSC, past president of St. Patrick High School in Chicago. “We’re also proud to have on staff Brother Michael Phipps, FSC, who will serve as a counselor to all of our freshmen,” Brother Thomas added. “Having the Christian Brothers present is being welcomed by everyone, especially alumni, many of whom will always consider themselves ‘Brothers’ Boys.’” Brother Thomas looks forward to entering into many dialogues over the next several months, especially with students and staff as he prepares to communicate the good news of St. Joseph High School to benefactors of the school’s mission.

Brother Thomas continues to serve in the community as Fire Department Chaplain with the York Center & Lombard Fire Departments. “I very much value my community service with, and to both, the York Center Fire Protection District and the Lombard Fire Department, being available to the crew members, their families and our community at large.”

Brother Thomas completed his Bachelor Degree in History and Political Science (1976) and his Masters in Education in Administration (1987) both from DePaul University of Chicago. From there, Brother Thomas completed Post-Graduate course work in Scripture & Theology at Loyola University and Catholic School Development & Institutional Advancement, (The Suddes Group) from the University of Notre Dame. 

Welcome, Brother Thomas!

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