Brian Liedlich has walked through the front doors of Saint Viator countless times as a former administrator, Board of Trustee member, and as a parent. But as of July 1, Mr. Liedlich now enters the building with a new role: president.
“It’s an exciting new chapter for Saint Viator High School,” says Fr. Thomas von Behren, C.S.V., provincial and president of the Saint Viator Board of Governors. “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.”
Mr. Liedlich says he is up to the challenge.
For starters, he is a parent of three alumni: Sarah ’10, Emma ’13, Andrew ’16 and an incoming son, Jack, in 2017. Mr. Liedlich also worked at Saint Viator from 2003 to 2008, serving as Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, working closely with Fr. von Behren.
When he left, Mr. Liedlich remained involved in Catholic education, serving as a managing director of regional development for Marquette University.
Most recently, Mr. Liedlich served as vice president of development with Advocate Health Care and as a member of its leadership team for its charitable foundation.
“Our family’s experiences of being part of the Saint Viator High School and larger Viatorian communities have been life-changing,” Mr. Liedlich says. “I’m blessed to have the chance to work with a talented and dedicated administration and faculty, accomplished and committed trustees and a very supportive and engaged Board of Governors in creating an even brighter future for this wonderful school.”
Mr. Liedlich is a California native, who says he first became aware of the Viatorians more than 20 years ago when his sister’s children were taught by Viatorians at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas. He wanted the same education for his own family.
“Our children take pride in being Lions for Life,” Mr. Liedlich says, “and have become people of service, who actively live out their faith.”
Mr. Liedlich will work closely with Fr. Dan Hall, C.S.V., the newly named Vice President for Viatorian Identity and Mission, as well as the rest of the administration, led by Principal Eileen Manno.
“I look forward to working with Mrs. Manno, our excellent principal, in leading our academic efforts and charting a new course in some exciting areas,” he adds. “I also appreciate Fr. Hall’s willingness to serve in the newly created administrative position, ensuring that the Viatorian charism continues to be at the heart of our school’s mission and is present in all that we do.”