President of Archbishop Carroll High School Stepping Down

John Butler at the Helm for Past 10 Years

November 10, 2005

Mr. John Butler, president of Archbishop Carroll High School in Northeast Washington, DC, announced this week that he has decided to step down at the end of this academic year so he can return to management consulting. Mr. Butler has headed the 660-student coeducational Catholic high school, the only high school operated by the Archdiocese of Washington, for 10 years. A search committee for a new president will be formed this month.

Among his many accomplishments as president of Archbishop Carroll, Mr. Butler increased school fundraising and development nearly seven-fold, from $338,000 annually to $2.3 million and has led the school to a resurgence in enrollment in recent years. He also established the innovative Business Champions program, a national model for school-business partnerships that includes mentoring, financial and in-kind contributions from area business leaders. Under his leadership, Archbishop Carroll became one of Cisco Systems’ first school partners, establishing a Regional Networking Academy and eventually training faculty for other local Cisco academies, including one at Howard University.

“We are very grateful to John Butler for the leadership, energy and commitment to education with which he has led Archbishop Carroll High School over this past decade,” said Patricia Weitzel-O’Neill, PhD, Superintendent of Catholic Schools.

“John is an important part of Catholic education in this region, both as president and educator, but also through his service with many local boards and organizations. I, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and our entire Catholic educational community wish him well in his new endeavors. We are committed to finding a highly qualified successor who will build upon John’s success.”

Prior to joining Archbishop Carroll, Mr. Butler held several positions, including senior vice president and president of two management consulting firms and as teacher and dean of students at Mackin High School, one of three schools that merged into Archbishop Carroll High School in 1989. That same year, Archbishop Carroll, founded in 1951, changed from all men to coeducational.

“The mission of Catholic education really speaks to my heart. The decision to leave Archbishop Carroll at the end of this year was a difficult one, but I am proud of what we have accomplished at the school during these past 10 years,” Mr. Butler said.

The search committee will be under the direction of Mr. Shawn Hendon, chair of Archbishop Carroll’s Board of Directors.

Susan Gibbs
Director of Communications
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