“I feel called to be a Jesuit educator. This is work I’ve wanted to be part of since I was in school and realized I wanted to be a teacher,” says Chris Alling, who became Jesuit High School of Sacramento’s president this past July. “I’m excited to continue my journey in Jesuit education, to be part of an educational process and community that dates back to the 16th century, and to be part of Jesuit High School and its 60-year legacy in Sacramento.”
Alling’s deep Ignatian spirituality and his 30 years of experience in and commitment to Catholic education make him ideal for his new role. In 1993, he began his school administration journey at Brophy College Preparatory, an all-boys Jesuit school in Phoenix, Arizona, then founded and helped build Xavier College Preparatory in Palm Desert, California, where he’s been president and principal for the past 18 years.
“Jesuit Sacramento has a strong tradition of academic excellence and of forming young men into people who will be of service and generous with their gifts and talents on every level in life,” Alling says.
“I’m humbled and honored to be here at Jesuit High School and believe its founders back in 1963 had a vision of its current success.” — Chris Alling, President
Alling’s most immediate goal is to get to know the place and especially the people more deeply, noting that it was the community of educators that first drew him to Jesuit. Another goal is to enhance meaningful engagement with current students and families and the thousands of alumni, many of whom still live in the Sacramento area. Alumni have reliably supported students’ post-secondary and career endeavors and are a robust part of the school’s yesterday, today and tomorrow.
“I look forward to being part of Jesuit High School and the Greater Sacramento community and am eager to help facilitate the school’s future success,” Alling says.