Brother Thomas A. Dziekan, C.S.C. Provincial Superior of the Congregation of Holy Cross, Moreau Province has appointed Dr. Thomas C. Pellegrino as the next President of Holy Cross High School commencing July 1, 2019. As the chief administrator of Holy Cross High School, Dr. Pellegrino will work with the current school leadership to maintain and strengthen the school's Catholic identity and character.He will also be responsible for strengthening its relationship and connection to the more than 25 schools, high schools, colleges and universities sponsored by the Congregation of Holy Cross in the United States and the more than 75 Holy Cross schools and colleges worldwide.
"Holy Cross High School is a ministry of the Congregation of Holy Cross and is sponsored by the Moreau Province," said Brother Thomas Dziekan. "From his experience, Dr. Pellegrino is the perfect person to lead the school and build on its foundation in the values, traditions, spirituality and history of the Congregation of Holy Cross."
The appointment of Dr. Pellegrino was made on the recommendation of the Board of Directors of Holy Cross High School which concluded a year-long national search conducted by a Presidential Search committee. This committee was composed of members of the Board of Directors, representatives of the Congregation of Holy Cross, faculty, and parents.
"The Board of Directors is extremely thankful to the Search Committee and everyone who played an active role in the search process," said Kevin McSherry '75, Chair of the Board of Directors. "Several individuals from our school community had an active hand in choosing our next President. The Board is confident that Dr. Pellegrino will be instrumental in the school's next evolution."
"I am honored and humbled to be chosen as Holy Cross High School's next president," says Pellegrino. "Coming from the college ranks, I have long respected and admired Holy Cross High School.I am inspired by the school's Catholic heritage, its commitment to the holistic development of its students as inspired by the Congregation of Holy Cross, and its dedication to the broader Holy Cross family and surrounding community.In the same way that Holy Cross's students are encouraged by Blessed Basil Moreau, I am also committed to bringing a sense of devotion, watchfulness and perseverance to the role of President."
Dr. Pellegrino comes to Holy Cross after nearly fifteen years in higher education administration.He brings an extensive background in strategic planning, mission leadership, student development, conflict resolution, staff development, external relations, project management and fundraising. Since 2004, he has served in a number of roles at Fairfield University including Senior Vice President for Student Affairs, a special assignment as University Coordinator for Mission & Identity and most recently as Special Assistant to the President. He was also an adjunct faculty member in Fairfield University's Dolan School of Business.
Prior to his time in higher education, Dr. Pellegrino was an attorney with Clendenen & Shea, LLC in New Haven, CT. He is a graduate of Syracuse University College of Law (Juris Doctor) and University of Connecticut (Ph.D., Higher Education Administration).Dr. Pellegrino lives with his wife Carla and son Chris in Madison, Connecticut.