A former Saint Viator High School administrator, who is a sitting member of its board of trustees as well as a current parent, was named its new president.
Brian Liedlich was introduced Tuesday to the faculty and staff at an early morning meeting by Fr. Thomas von Behren, CSV, Provincial of the Clerics of St. Viator and President of Saint Viator’s Board of Governors.
“At the beginning of the search process, it was our hope that the new president, as he walked through the front doors of the school, would be someone we knew and who knew the school community well,” Fr. von Behren said. “And in fact, we have found our candidate.”
Liedlich brings solid experience in Catholic education to the role. He served at Saint Viator from 2003 until 2008 as executive director of institutional advancement, and he also brings his experience as a managing director of regional development for Marquette University to his new position. Most recently, he has served as a vice president of development with Advocate Health Care and on its leadership team for Advocate’s charitable foundation.
The Barrington resident has two daughters who graduated from Saint Viator, a son who is a current senior and a seventh grader at St. Anne School, who plans to attend.
“I am honored, humbled and privileged to have been selected as the next president of Saint Viator High School,” Liedlich said at the faculty meeting. “I look forward to working with the board of governors in providing a continued successful direction for this wonderful institution.”
At the same time, Fr. von Behren announced the creation of a new position at the school, the Vice President for Viatorian Identity and Mission.
“We created this position to guarantee that the Viatorian identity continues to flourish and that our mission guides everything we do here at Saint Viator High School,” Fr. von Behren said.
Fr. Daniel Hall, CSV, has agreed to take on this new ministry — in addition to his full time teaching load. Fr. Hall has been a member of the Saint Viator faculty for 15 years, including serving as chair of the social studies department.
This past year, he also served as an assistant football and wrestling coach, while also serving on the Provincial Council. Fr. Hall has been a member of the Viatorian Community for nearly 35 years and this year he will celebrate 28 years in the priesthood.
“Mr. Liedlich and Fr. Hall join with our principal, Mrs. Eileen Manno, and the other administration members of the school in beginning an exciting new chapter for Saint Viator High School,” Fr. von Behren added. “I believe this change will bring new life to the school community and create new educational programs that our students will excel at — and embrace.”