President of Cheverus High School in Portland takes college VP post

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PORTLAND — The president of Cheverus High School is leaving to become vice president for mission at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.

The Rev. William R. Campbell, who has been the Ocean Avenue high school’s president since 2008, announced Thursday, Nov. 20, that he will leave Cheverus next June and begin his new job next August.

His replacement has not yet been decided, but in a message posted on the school’s website Campbell said his “decision now gives our board appropriate lead-time to conduct a search for my successor and a smooth transition in leadership.”

“This is a bittersweet moment,” Campbell said in a press release. He went on to say he is an alumnus of the college, and his “vocation as a Jesuit priest was born on its campus.”

Campbell graduated from Holy Cross in 1987, and received a Master of Divinity degree and Licentiate of Sacred Theology from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology, now the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.

He was ordained a priest in 1998 in St. Joseph Chapel on the Holy Cross campus, and professed his final vows in the Society of Jesus in 2007.

“I am honored to return there and assume day-to-day leadership for all facets of the College’s mission as a Jesuit and Catholic liberal arts institution,” Campbell said in the release.

Campbell served as a member of the campus ministry team at Holy Cross before joining Cheverus in 2008.

According to the college’s website, as vice president Campbell “will serve as a member of the president’s Executive Leadership Team and cabinet, will chair the college’s campus-wide Mission and Identity Committee, and will oversee the work of the chaplain’s office and all mission-related initiatives.”

Cheverus is a private, co-educational Catholic high school run by the Jesuit order. It has more than 450 students, according to its website.

Colin Ellis can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 123 or Follow him on Twitter: @colinoellis.

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The Rev. William R. Campbell, Cheverus High School president since 2008, will leave the Portland Catholic school next summer to become a vice president at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.

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