January 15 , 2019
Following an extensive nationwide search I am pleased to announce that Larry Tucker, the school’s first lay principal, will become Marist’s first lay president, effective July 1, 2020. Br. Hank Hammer, FMS, will complete his term as president as scheduled on June 30, 2020.
I want to thank Brother Hank for his many years of service to Marist, six as its president, and welcome Larry to his new role. The Marist Brothers and the Marist Chicago community are blessed to have Larry, whose experience and passion for education will continue to contribute to the success of Marist High School. He emulates the spirit of St. Marcellin in his Christian care for students and humble work ethic in pushing Marist to stretch towards the future in all respects. As president, Larry will act as the chief executive officer and “chief executive in faith” of Marist High School. He will be responsible for driving long-range planning and all aspects of the school’s general operations, financial management, and institutional advancement.
Larry, a 1979 graduate of Marist High School, has served as its principal since 1998 and is the longest-serving principal of a Marist school in the United States. After 33 years in Catholic education, 24 of them with Marist, Larry is a proven visionary and transformational leader. As principal, Larry has spearheaded expansions of critical infrastructure and curriculum, among them the completion of Marist’s Monastery Hall, a $15 million dollar expansion encompassing the cutting-edge Gregory and Mary Beeson Science Center and Our Lady Queen of the Universe planetarium. He implemented a 1:1 iPad initiative and more recently, a drop cascade schedule designed to increase daily instruction time to better prepare its students for college while reducing student stress and increasing collaboration among the faculty.
I want to thank the Presidential Search Committee for the tremendous amount of time and effort they put into conducting a comprehensive search for the new president. The ten-member committee, made up of Marist Brothers, board members, faculty, alumni, and parents, underwent a thorough process which included soliciting input from members of the administration, faculty, alumni and parents, as well as hosting focus groups to learn about the qualities that the Marist family deemed important for a new president.
Let us all keep Larry, the Marist High School Community, and one another in our prayers.
Brother Patrick McNamara, FMS