The Board of Trustees of La Salle College Preparatory, Pasadena, California, has announced its appointment of Mr. Perry Martin as the school’s President, effective July 1, 2020. The announcement was made by La Salle Board of Trustees members Robert Nuccio, Chair, and Stephanie Paggi, Search Committee Co-Chair.
Martin will succeed interim President Patrick Bonacci, AFSC, who will retire from La Salle at the end of the 2019-2020 school year.
Martin comes to La Salle College Preparatory from Maryknoll Schools, a K-12 Catholic school in Honolulu, HI, where he has served as President since 2008. As President of Maryknoll, Perry has developed strong programs, admissions processes, enrollment management strategies and growth, and retention initiatives to ensure sustainability in a highly competitive market. He has worked collaboratively with his leadership team to design and implement initiatives to ensure students receive cutting edge academic and co-curricular programs leading to an outstanding Catholic education, truly preparing them for their future. In all of his work, Perry has taken a creative and entrepreneurial approach to addressing the challenges schools face in today’s world.
Martin holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education/Technology Education and a Master of Science in Elementary and Middle School Administration from Western Oregon University. He also has a Post Masters Elementary and Secondary Certificate in K-12 Administration from the College of New Jersey. Perry’s wife, Leann, is also an educator graduating with a degree from the University of Oregon. They are the proud parents of Jameson, an internet sales manager and graduate of Western Oregon State University, and Casandra, an interior designer with a degree from The Art Institute of Portland.
In announcing Martin’s appointment, Nuccio and Paggi stated, “Perry is extremely honored for the opportunity to become our next President. A deeply spiritual individual whose life is guided by his faith, he is a committed Catholic educator and visionary leader who can bring new ideas to La Salle while respecting La Salle’s outstanding foundation and legacy. Perry embraces our Lasallian charism, mission, and core values. He is very eager to begin working with all constituents of the La Salle College Preparatory community to build on the school’s extraordinary heritage and aspirations for the future.”
Commenting on his appointment, Martin said, “It is my distinct honor and privilege to be selected as the third successive President at La Salle College Preparatory. Assuming the leadership of this great school comes with great responsibility, and I am very humbled.”
He continued, “I will focus on developing faith, teamwork, transparency, collaboration, and accountability fulfilling the school mission of nurturing the talents of each student, inspiring in students a sense of responsibility for others, challenging students to embrace diversity, and motivating our students to respond compassionately to the needs of others, especially the poor. I look forward to meeting you and the entire school community looking more broadly, listening to more voices, and creating educational opportunities and support from the many points of view.”