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Alex Macmillan, Ed.D. Named Dean of Academic Affairs

Following an extensive nationwide search that began in December, Brother President James Butler, FSC has appointed Alex Macmillan, Ed.D. to succeed Kevin Whitney as Dean of Academic Affairs at La Salle College High School.

“Alex is an excellent addition to the La Salle family. His education and experience will serve him well as he takes on this new and exciting challenge. I had the opportunity spend a great deal of time with Alex during the interview process and was very impressed by his wisdom, humility, and zeal. I look forward to his contributions to the administrative team, academic council, and the academic program here at La Salle.”
    James E. Fyke
    Principal Designate

Dr. Macmillan has sixteen years of experience in Catholic Secondary Education as a teacher, campus minister, and administrator; focused on student-centered teaching, teacher mentoring and support, collaboration, and 21st Century pedagogy. He has extensive experience in oversight and development of innovative programs and has been a pioneer in equity and inclusion work in Catholic Schools.

Dr. Macmillan is currently Chair of the Religious Studies Department and Head Speech and Debate Coach at Saint Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco, CA, where he directed overall curriculum, developed new courses, and supervised twelve teachers in the Religious Studies Department. He has participated in a variety of leadership, formation and immersion programs and has served on the school’s Faculty Development Board (Tenure Board) as well as directed the Kairos Retreat Program. He serves on the school’s technology and innovation committee and has continually mentored faculty in the use of technology and educational software. Dr. Macmillan is currently an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco as well as Santa Clara University.

Saint Ignatius College Preparatory is a private, co-educational, Catholic preparatory school in the Jesuit tradition, serving the San Francisco Bay Area since 1855. Located in the Sunset District of San Francisco, Saint Ignatius has an enrollment of nearly 1,500 boys and girls and is one of the oldest secondary schools in the state of California.

“From the beginning of the Academic Dean Search, I was impressed by Dr. Alex Macmillan. He brings to La Salle a notable resume of forward-thinking, teaching and learning, along with an enthusiastic passion for Catholic education. He will be a great addition to La Salle!”
    Nancy Matthews
    Parent of William ‘16, Christopher ’19, Zachary ’22, and Charles ‘25

Dr. Macmillan holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Theology from Boston College, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and a Phi Beta Kappa. He has a M.A. in Systemic and Philosophical Theology from Berkeley – Graduate Theological Union and an Ed.D. in Catholic Educational Leadership from the University of San Francisco.

Prior to his arrival at Saint Ignatius in 2014, Dr. Macmillan spent nine years at Bishop Dowd High School in Oakland, CA, where he served as Chair of the Religious Studies Department, Director of Retreats, and a Religious Studies Teacher. He was instrumental in the implementation of learning management systems, technology, and the use of multimedia. He founded the school’s Kairos Retreat Program and created a school-wide immersion program that provided students with faculty-led service trips throughout the United States and Mexico.

“I am impressed with Dr. Macmillan’s intellect, perspective, education, drive and dedication. These suggest he has the makings of an exemplary academic dean and school leader. I am even more impressed by his commitment to the vocation of the Catholic teacher, to seeing his work with the eyes of faith and as participation in the saving work of Jesus. These traits suggest to me he has the makings of an influential Lasallian educator, which ultimately matters most – the ability to touch hearts, build confidence, and inspire faith in our young men.”
    Brother James L. Butler, FSC


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