Father Jack McLain, SJ, has been selected as the next president of Bellarmine College Preparatory. As Bellarmine’s president, Fr. McLain will assume responsibilities as the chief executive officer of the institution. His presidency is scheduled to take effect in March 2015.
“On behalf of the search committee, I wish to welcome Fr. Jack McLain to the Bellarmine College Prep community and congratulate him on his selection as the next president of Silicon Valley's oldest institution of secondary education,” said Jesuit Fr. Michael Engh, S.J., president of Santa Clara University, Bellarmine trustee, and chair of the Bellarmine Presidential Search Committee. “All of us at Santa Clara University are eager to continued fruitful cooperation between our two Jesuit schools.”
Fr. McLain, a member of the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus, comes to Bellarmine having extensive experience in secondary Jesuit education, most recently at Saint Ignatius’ College in Sydney, Australia, and St. Aloysius College, also in Sydney. In addition, Fr. McLain, a decorated combat veteran, served as battalion chaplain in the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. "I am humbled, honored and excited to be asked to accept the leadership of Bellarmine College Prep by the Bellarmine community, the Society of Jesus and the Church,” said Fr. McLain. “Bellarmine is a truly one-of-a-kind organization with a rich tradition of excellence in Jesuit education. I look forward to helping ensure that Bellarmine's future continues to meet and exceed the standards of what Jesuit education is all about: Helping young people become great human beings by helping them to understand who they've been created to be, then becoming that person."
Fr. McLain received his Masters of Divinity from Weston Jesuit School of Theology at Cambridge; a bachelors of philosophy from St. Michael’s Institute, Gonzaga University; and a bachelor of arts in radio and television broadcasting production from Washington State University.
Fr. McLain succeeds Fr. Paul G. Sheridan, S.J. who has been president of Bellarmine since December 2005. Fr. Sheridan will continue serving as president during a transition period before his next assignment, which has yet to be determined.
Bellarmine College Preparatory, a Jesuit secondary school located in San Jose, has been educating “young men for others" in the Jesuit tradition of St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, since 1851.