Brophy College Preparatory announced that after an 8-month,
nationwide search, its Board of Trustees has named Adria Renke as its 11th
president since the founding of the school in 1928. Renke has been the Phoenix school’s
acting president since Father Edward Reese, SJ, stepped down in May 2016.
“The Board of Trustees is thrilled with our selection of
Adria as Brophy’s new president. Adria understands and values Jesuit Catholic
education,” said John Strittmatter, chairman of the Brophy Board of Trustees.
“She has a proven track record of 19 successful years in leadership at Brophy.
She is ready to hit the ground running as our new president.”
With her longtime commitment to Jesuit education, Renke, who
has served as Brophy’s vice president for the past 19 years, has been
instrumental in helping Brophy achieve its goals in the areas of technology,
the arts, math and science, athletics, social justice, and educating young men
in the Jesuit tradition. She believes in the Jesuit mission at Brophy that
shows young men the direct presence of God in all they do.
“To be chosen to serve as president of Brophy College
Preparatory is nothing short of a gift from God – a grace,” Renke said. “To
walk with Brophy’s young men as unique individuals while figuring out exactly
what God had in mind for them when He created them is a privilege and a call to
which I pledge to devote all my talents, energy. and love.”
In addition to her responsibilities at Brophy, Renke is
currently a board member of the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara
University and a past board member of the National Jesuit Secondary Education
Association. In 2015 she was named a Who’s Who in Business awardee by both the Phoenix Business Journal and Arizona Republic. In 2016 she received the
“Mother of Year” award from Valle del Sol.
Father Martin Irwin Rock, SJ, longtime pastor of Jesuit parishes in Ogden, Utah and elsewhere, entered into God’s peace October 9 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos. He was 89 and had been a member of the Society of Jesus for 72 years, 58 as a priest.
Father Norbert Jerome Rigali, SJ, retired professor of philosophy and religious studies at the University of San Diego and other Catholic universities, entered into God’s peace October 4 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, Calif., after a long illness. He was 88.
The Bellarmine Preparatory (Tacoma) School Robotics team recently received a $10,000 Best Buy Community Grant. The grant will be used to extend the team’s community outreach with local Boys and Girls Clubs.
W. Kamau Bell was named the Frank Sinatra Chair in the Performing Arts at Santa Clara University for 2017-18. Bell is a critically acclaimed sociopolitical comedian and host of the Emmy Award-winning hit CNN documentary series “United Shades of America.” As Sinatra Artist-in-Residence, Bell will mentor and engage with students, faculty, and the Santa Clara University community.
Father William Hayes, SJ, a fixture at Jesuit High School in Portland for 32 years where he served as vice principal, president, trustee, chancellor, planned giving director, and chaplain, entered into God’s peace September 26 at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, Calif. He was 89.