The Board of Trustees of Cristo Rey De La Salle East Bay High School (CRDLS) in Oakland, California has appointed long time Lasallian education leader Matt Powell as the school’s interim President, effective immediately. The announcement was made on February 2 by Board Chairperson William Rauch.
Powell succeeds Mike Anderer, who is stepping down after serving since July, 2017 as the school’s founding President. Powell and Anderer, together with the school’s leadership team, are collaborating to facilitate the leadership transition.
“The Board of Trustees is sincerely confident,” Rauch stated in his announcement, “in the strength of the mission of Cristo Rey De La Salle, the leadership of the trustees, the partnership with benefactors and corporate partners, and, most importantly, the commitment of the faculty, staff, and administration of Cristo Rey De La Salle.”
Powell will assume his new role while on leave from his position as Executive Director of the Lasallian Christian Brothers Foundation (LCBF), which he joined in 2014. Previously, he served for 14 years as founding Principal and then as President of De La Salle North Catholic High School in Portland, Oregon. Before that, he was a teacher and administrator at La Salle Catholic College Preparatory in Milwaukie, Oregon. Powell also has served as Interim President at San Miguel High School in Tucson, Arizona (a Cristo Rey School), as well as Interim President in a return stint to De La Salle North Catholic High School. In addition, for eight years he was a member of the national Board of the Cristo Rey Network.
Brother Donald Johanson, FSC, Visitor of the District of San Francisco New Orleans (SFNO), affirmed the continuing commitment of the De La Salle Christian Brothers, stating: “I look forward to Matt Powell’s leadership and am grateful to Mike Anderer for his long-standing service to our schools in Camden, Chicago, San Francisco and here in the East Bay. We remain dedicated to providing a long history of Lasallian Catholic, college preparatory education to the young women and men at Cristo Rey De La Salle East Bay High School.”
The Most Reverend Michael C. Barber, SJ, Bishop of Oakland, also expressed his support. “I am proud,” he said, “of the progress thus far with the students at the newest school in the Diocese, and especially with the refurbishment of the school campus. Continuing the education of the students of Cristo Rey De La Salle and the welfare of their families remain our utmost concern and top priority. With my full support, Cristo Rey De La Salle will continue its focused efforts on admissions, corporate partners and fund development as we prepare to welcome the Class of 2023 this summer.”
Powell will serve as Cristo Rey De La Salle East Bay High School’s interim President until the Board of Trustees names the school’s permanent president. According to Rauch, the search to fill the position will begin immediately.