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2017-05-17 / Local News

St. Joe’s president to retire next year

Scott Scott Robert T. Scott, president of St. Joe’s, will retire at the end of the 2017-18 school year, marking the end of his 48th year, according to the St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute Board of Trustees. The news was recently delivered at a regularly scheduled Board of Trustees meeting.

“Mr. Scott has provided an unmatched level of dedication and leadership to St. Joe’s,” said Bart McGloin, ’83, chairperson of the St. Joe’s board of trustees. “His service to the school over a career of nearly 50 years has had a profound impact on thousands of young men.”

Scott joined the faculty in 1971 and taught religion for 10 years. After being appointed vice principal for student affairs in 1981, his ability to shape the community and culture at St. Joe’s started to grow, according to a prepared statement.

“Upholding our shared Lasallian mission for the past 156 years, we have always welcomed young men from throughout all of Western New York,” Scott said. “We teach them to respect themselves, to respect others, to think and to serve their community.”

In 2001, Scott earned his Letter of Affiliation, the highest honor bestowed by the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. That same year, Scott was appointed principal, making him the first individual to hold the position in the school’s history who was not a Christian Brother. Three years later, in another first for St. Joe’s, he was named president.

According to the statement, Scott’s central focus for the next 13 months will be sustaining the Lasallian mission of St. Joe’s through partnering with alumni, supporters and benefactors to ensure that St. Joe’s is accessible to the next generations of young men; stewarding the school’s Strategic Plan and academic vision to prepare students with the skills needed for success in college and the 21st century; and supporting the respectful, welcoming and faith-filled culture within the walls of St. Joe’s.

“During my final year, there is great work to be done, and I have never been so optimistic about the future of St. Joe’s,” Scott said. “After all my years here, I have clearly learned there is nothing we can’t accomplish working with our alumni, parents and friends of St. Joe’s — those who remain passionate, like me, in our mission to serve young people.”

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