After a competitive and rigorous search process, Regis President Father Daniel Lahart, SJ, has announced that he has named Father Anthony Andreassi, CO as the next Principal of Regis High School. Father Andreassi, who has been serving as the school's interim Principal since July 1st, will continue the work he has been doing without the "interim" label. He will serve as the 23rd principal in Regis' history.
A White Plains native, Fr. Andreassi studied philosophy at the Catholic University of America, received his master in Divinity from St. Joseph’s College and Seminary. After returning to school, he earned both his master's and Ph.D. in History from Georgetown University. His thesis focused on the Sisters of the Divine Compassion in the late 1800s and early 1900s. In 2007, Anthony Andreassi was ordained a priest for the Brooklyn Oratory of St. Philip Neri.
Fr. Andreassi has been teaching at Regis High School since 2003. A regular in both the History and Theology departments, he has taught classes such as American and European history, Church history, Catholicism since Vatican II, Faith through Film and Fiction, Christian Ethics, and Macroeconomics. In addition to his dedicated work as a teacher, Fr. Andreassi served as the director of the Senior Christian Service Program prior to his appointment as interim Principal this past summer. He has also served as the school's archivist, and is the author of Teach Me to be Generous, the centennial history of Regis High School.
"I have known Fr. Andreassi since we worked together at Gonzaga College High School in Washington D.C. 20 years ago," Fr. Lahart said. "I have the utmost respect for him as an individual, and he has proven himself to be an outstanding administrator as well. He always leads with the heart of a teacher, and with a concern for the students. I am confident he will be a wonderful principal here at Regis High School, and I am grateful to his Community for making him available, and to him for his willingness to take on this new challenge."
As Principal, Father Andreassi will work with the faculty to begin the implementation of a multi-year curriculum review that all departments have participated in. "This is an exciting time for Regis High School as we begin the implementation of both our strategic plan and our curriculum review," Fr. Lahart added. "I look forward to continuing to work with Fr. Andreassi as we strive to strengthen the good work that Regis has accomplished over the past 105 years."
“It was a tremendous honor when last year Father Lahart asked me to serve as interim principal after Dr. Tocchet announced his retirement," Fr. Andreassi said. "And now his decision to ask me to stay on in the role fills me with even more gratitude and honor. Ever since arriving as a classroom teacher at Regis in 2003 I recognized what a special place our school is and that feeling has only deepened over the years, especially in these last months as interim principal. In this new role, I have also come to have a new-found respect for my colleagues on the faculty and the many gifts and deep passion they bring as Ignatian educators. And now I am greatly looking forward to working with them as we respond the both the challenges and opportunities of the Strategic Plan in our common vocation to form young men to become servant leaders in the world and in the Church rooted in the vision of St. Ignatius.