Prep sends congratulations and best wishes to our former president, Fr. Bob Reiser, S.J., who began as Executive Director of the Jesuit Schools Network (JSN) this week. Fr. Reiser succeeds Fr. Bill Muller, S.J. who recently was named Vice President of Mission Advancement at Brophy College Preparatory School in Phoenix. Fr. Muller served the JSN as Executive Director since 2015.
Fr. Reiser entered the Society of Jesus in 1986 and has served more than twenty years in Jesuit secondary and pre-secondary education. He first arrived at Prep as a Jesuit novice, teaching HAP during the summer of 1987, then returned to teach math and Latin as a scholastic from 1990 to 1993. More than a decade later, his tenure as Prep’s 26th president (2006-2013) marked a period of remarkable growth in every area of school life, and he was voted a Legend of Prep in 2018. Fr. Reiser also maintains a personal connection to Prep, as he is the uncle of Mr. Russell Fiorella of the Prep religion department.
Away from Grand & Warren, Fr. Reiser spent nine years at McQuaid Jesuit in Rochester, serving as Assistant to the President from 2004 to 2006, and then teaching mathematics and theology and serving as President from 2013 to 2020. He also was a member of the faculty and Director of Campus Ministry at Canisius High School, his alma mater, in Buffalo from 1997 to 1999.
In addition to his direct work in Jesuit schools, Fr. Reiser has served on the Boards of Trustees of several Jesuit high schools, as well as the Board of Directors of the Jesuit Secondary Education Association (JSEA), the predecessor member organization of the JSN.
Fr. Reiser was elected Executive Director of the JSN by its Board of Directors in March 2020 following an extensive search of the Network. After a sabbatical in the Fall and early Winter, Fr. Reiser has been working closely with Fr. Muller in his transition to the Executive Director’s role.
Regarding the new leadership at the JSN, Fr. Len Altilia, S.J., Provincial Assistant for Secondary and Pre-Secondary Education for the Jesuits of Canada and chair of the JSN Board of Directors stated, “I am delighted to welcome Fr. Bob Reiser to the position of Executive Director, to continue building on the wonderful foundation created by Fr. Bill Muller, his predecessor. It is exciting to imagine the possibilities for the future of the JSN under Fr. Reiser’s leadership.”