Next President | July 1, 2020


December 4, 2019

St. John Vianney High School in Kirkwood, Missouri is pleased to announce its next president. Richard P. Davis officially assumes his responsibilities on July 1, 2020. Davis completed his bachelor’s and master’s in business administration at Saint Louis University and worked at Anheuser-Busch for more than 20 years, rising to Vice-President of Mass Merchandising to oversee the company’s largest retail customers. He went on to serve as Director of Advancement at Covenant House Missouri and is currently an adjunct faculty member in the College of Business and Administration at University of Missouri, St. Louis. He is a member of Vianney’s Class of 1979 and serves on the school’s Board of Directors.

 “My professional life has been dedicated to building relationships, mentoring associates, providing solutions for customer needs, and reaching organizational goals. My experience ranges from leading multi-functional teams in large companies to achieving the funding goals of a shelter for homeless youth. Recently, I created and currently teach a university-level business course. I have a passion for education that helps young people grow spiritually, intellectually, and professionally,” said Davis.

Davis has been a member of Assumption Parish (Mattese) for the past 28 years and was endorsed by the Society of Mary who founded St. John Vianney High School in 1960. “Rick possesses proven professional experience in leadership, business strategy, and marketing. He is a man of faith…Rick’s understanding of our Characteristics of Marianist Education makes him uniquely qualified to sustain St. John Vianney High School as a Catholic, Marianist institution,” wrote Assistant for Education Bro. Jesse O’Neill, SM.

President Mike Loyet retires at the end of the school year after leading Vianney since 2007. His service allowed the school to operate with a surplus budget and build its endowment while advancing the school’s mission to form young men for spiritual, academic, and personal excellence in the Catholic, Marianist tradition. Loyet remains in an advisory capacity through the 2020-2021 school year.

September 2019
Search Committee reviews applicants as received.

August 2019
Official job description is posted locally, regionally, and nationally.

July 2019
A search committee is formed and led by Don Eggleston. The committee members include David Woods, Pat Sly, Tony Sebben, Dena McCaffrey, Brian Rhame, Ian Mulligan, Jennie Picha, and Carrie Mitchell. 

May 2019
St. John Vianney High School announces President Mike Loyet's retirement at the end of the 2019-2020 school year. He agrees to remain in an advisory role through the 2020-2021 school year.