Presidential Transition and Search
5088 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60644
February 20, 2013
Dear Member of the Christ the King Community,
On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce that Clement V. Martin has been elected the next president of Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School, effective July 1, 2013.
This past September, Fr. Devron’s provincial in the New York Province made us aware that, after six years of service, he would be given a new assignment in the summer of 2013. Since then, our Board of Directors, assisted by the Presidential Search Committee and the Chicago Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus, has worked diligently to conduct an extensive search for a new president.
In this process, our goal was to identify the most qualified leader to build upon the legacy that Fr. Devron and our entire founding team has established in launching Christ the King to bring quality, faith-based, affordable and college preparatory education to underserved students and families on Chicago’s West Side. Our next phase of development requires a president who will lead Christ the King’s expansion and recruit new resources so that more families and students will have access to the transformational opportunity of a Jesuit, Cristo Rey education. We are confident that Clement Martin is this person.
Clem is an experienced Catholic school leader committed to social justice and dedicated to making quality, educational opportunities accessible to all students. He comes to Christ the King after serving as the Executive Director of Cicero Catholic Schools, where he built a reputation as a mission-driven educator focused on expanding school enrollment and educational access to underserved students. As a result of his own Jesuit education at the College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA), Clem is motivated to extend our mission to a growing number of students, and committed to helping them become “men and women for others,” dedicated to God’s greater glory.
Prior to his current role as executive director, Clem served as principal of Our Lady of Charity and St. Frances of Rome, located in Cicero, IL. Clem brings with him a background as a classroom teacher in mathematics and religion. He began his career in education by serving as a lay volunteer teacher and member of the Inner City Teaching Corps (now the Alain Locke Initiative). He also has experience in the field of international finance, working in New York City after being graduated from Holy Cross, where he received a Bachelors of Arts degree. Clem has received a Master of Arts in educational administration from Dominican University (River Forest, IL), and a Master of Arts in curriculum and instruction from Loyola University Chicago.
Clem and his family are residents of Chicago. He and his wife, Norma, a first grade Chicago public school teacher, have three children: Clemente, Mateo and Itzel, who all attend Catholic schools.
As we welcome Clem, we express our gratitude to Fr. Devron for his leadership as founding president. Fr. Devron recruited our founding board, leadership team, faculty, staff and students; led the project team which designed and constructed our campus on Jackson Boulevard; secured jobs and start-up capital to fund operations and significant reduction in our debt, and ensured that we established a strong Jesuit Catholic identity which embraced the culture of our student community. His dedication and vision have created a ripple effect transforming the lives and the future of hundreds of young men and women—the first students and alumni/ae of Christ the King—prepared to become leaders committed to faith and justice.
I would like to thank the members of our Presidential Search Committee, Very Reverend Timothy P. Kesicki, S.J., the Provincial of the Chicago Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus, Matthew Couture, the Provincial’s Assistant for Secondary Education, Christ the King’s Boards of Directors and Members, and the students, parents, faculty and staff of Christ the King whose support of our search and outstanding commitment to our mission has made an extraordinary difference in the success of our school.
We look forward to celebrating Fr. Devron’s legacy as we prepare for Mr. Martin’s transition this summer. We offer him our best wishes and prayers in his new role as president of Fordham Preparatory School.
Scott M. Murray
Chairman of the Board of Directors
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Transition Announcement from Mr. Scott Murray, Board Chair
Presidential Search Committee
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