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2024 President Search


St. John Vianney High School in Kirkwood, Missouri offers a Catholic, college-preparatory education that transforms boys into exceptional men of knowledge, character, and accomplishment. Sponsored by the Society of Mary, Vianney has educated young men in grades 9-12 since 1960. The Board of Directors seeks a president to begin in the 2024-2025 school year.

The president is a faith-filled leader who ensures the long-term sustainability of the school’s finances, reputation, and strategic planning. Serving as the Chief Executive Officer, the president is responsible for the school’s overall operation and effectiveness. Directly responsible to the Society of Mary and appointed by and reporting to the Board of Directors, the successful candidate will possess the following qualities and qualifications: 

  • Christ-centered servant leader who embraces and models the community’s rich Marianist traditions, Catholic values and welcoming family spirit

  • Practicing Catholic with a passion for Catholic education

  • Ability to develop and implement strategic plans in a competitive, college-preparatory environment; familiarity with the St. Louis secondary-school market preferred

  • Proven leadership in business management, including long-term financial planning and budgeting

  • Ability to raise funds, connect constituents to the mission, and effectively articulate the benefits of a Marianist education

  • Master’s degree in business, education or related field with extensive experience in organizational leadership


St. John Vianney High School is dedicated to forming young men for spiritual, academic and personal excellence in the Catholic, Marianist tradition.


  • Vianney is a private, all-boys, Catholic college preparatory high school serving grades nine through 12.
  • Our current enrollment is 550, representing 70 ZIP codes and 60 grade schools and parishes. Vianney draws students from across St. Louis city and county, from Jefferson and Franklin counties, and from the Metro East.
  • We have a student/teacher ratio of 12-to-1 with 82% of our faculty holding advanced degrees.
  • Tuition for the 2024-2025 school year is $18,950. This price covers almost all fees except for textbooks.
  • Almost 50% of students receive financial aid.
  • Community service is integral to the Vianney experience. Service opportunities abound with each student completing more than 100 service hours over his four years.
  • Recent expansion provides new locker and weight rooms, Esports center, STEM labs, a turfed baseball/athletic complex and more.
  • Vianney is sponsored by the Society of Mary, an international religious order of priests and brothers known as Marianists.
  • Vianney is conveniently located in Kirkwood at the intersection of Highway 44 and Lindbergh Boulevard.
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February 7, 2024

Dear Vianney Family:

After nearly four years as Vianney’s president, I have made the difficult decision to retire at the close of the 2023-24 school year. Since my leukemia diagnosis last June, your prayers and support have helped me through the most challenging time of my life: an extended hospitalization, chemotherapy treatments, a bone marrow transplant, and my on-going recovery.  

After working remotely for the first half of the school year, I have returned to campus each week to resume my regular duties. While I continue to improve, regaining my health and energy will be a long process involving a significant amount of time and attention.  

My tenure as president has been action packed. We successfully navigated through a pandemic while making needed campus updates, raising funds for the school’s future, improving our academic rigor, and communicating more effectively with you—the Vianney Family.  All of these efforts have supported our school’s mission and enhanced our students’ Vianney experience. 

I am extremely confident in Vianney’s future. Our Marianist educational community, consisting of a talented team of administrators, department managers, and faculty and staff, deeply rooted in our Catholic faith, is incredibly committed to the spiritual, academic and personal growth of our Griffins—transforming boys into Men of Character & Accomplishment.

The search for Vianney’s next president, led by our dedicated Board of Directors, will take place over the coming weeks.  I look forward to being part of a smooth and seamless leadership transition.

May the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit be glorified in all places through the Immaculate Virgin Mary.  Amen.

Go Griffins!

God Bless,
Rick Davis ’79