Mater Christi School, a premiere private Catholic school, announced the appointment of Frederick (Fritz) Lash as President effective September 8, 2014. Mr. Lash brings a wealth of leadership experience in fundraising and academia, having previously served as Senior Major Gifts Officer at the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, and as Principal of two high-achieving high schools in New York. Mr. Lash is the school’s first President, a newly created position encouraged by the school’s sponsors, the Sisters of Mercy, to advance the school as a educational center of excellence and extend its reach and visibility in the community through strategic partnerships.
Lori Tarrant, Chair of the Search Committee for the school’s new President and parent of three Mater Christi School alumni and one current student, comments, “We are beyond thrilled to have Fritz Lash at the helm of Mater Christi School. Fritz comes to us with an abundance of expertise in development and stellar leadership skills, as well as a strong desire to guide our students to attain personal success and service beyond themselves. Fritz encapsulates what the Sisters of Mercy and our wonderful Mater Christi community are all about.”
As President of the Catholic school, Mr. Lash joins Principal Anthony Fontana, and a dedicated, professional team of faculty and staff in leading the school’s 255 students. “It is an honor and a privilege to be selected as the President of Mater Christi School, an institution that instills values I cherish in its students and sets them on a path for success in life,” says Mr. Lash. “I am eager to join the exceptional MCS staff and faculty, and I look forward to being part of the Burlington and Mater Christi communities.”
Erik Oliver, Chairman of the Mater Christi School Board of Trustees, believes that Mr. Lash will be instrumental in furthering the school’s mission to provide a 21st-century, values-centered education in the Catholic tradition. “Mr. Lash will create exciting new opportunities and unique experiences for our students by expanding on Mater Christi School’s strong traditions through strategic partnerships with local and global organizations,” says Oliver.
Mr. Lash is returning to Vermont, having completed his M.A. in Spanish Literature from Middlebury College after earning his B.S. from West Point and serving in the United States Army as a Lieutenant Colonel. He and his wife, Margot, have four grown children. Mr. Lash is an avid trout fisherman and Margot enjoys skiing. As outdoor enthusiasts, they are excited to call Vermont home.
About Mater Christi School
Mater Christi School is a private Catholic school, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, that combines rigorous, 21st-century academics with a values-centered, global philosophy. From the first day of pre-school through eighth grade graduation, Mater Christi School guides students’ success by helping them develop their unique strengths.
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