During their quarterly meeting in March, the Board of Trustees of La Salle College High School unanimously voted to renew Brother James L. Butler, FSC as president.
“Brother James has extraordinary foresight and the commitment necessary to execute on his vision. He combines his intelligence with an excellent sense of humor to earn unanimous praise from the entire La Salle community. These attributes have earned him the full confidence of the Board of Trustees and we are blessed to have him for another five years.”
Joseph F. Hartnett, Jr. ‘69
Chair, Board of Trustees
Parent, Matt ‘00
The President of La Salle is reviewed comprehensively in the middle year of each three-year term. The review was conducted this past winter, as Brother James’ third term as president is set to expire on June 30, 2021. The Board of Trustees, during its meeting on March 11, 2020, reviewed the results of the 360-degree consultation conducted by a committee consisting of Board Chair Joseph Harnett ‘69, Board Vice Chair Stephen Gardner ’72, Emeritus Trustee Robert Moran ’69, and Trustee Jeffrey Mancabelli, President of Saint John’s College High School in Washington, DC. Upon review of the evaluation, the Board of Trustees voted to ask the leadership of the Christian Brothers’ District of Eastern North America for their approval of the election of Brother James to a fourth term. That authorization was subsequently received. Brother James, having indicated this fourth term would be his final one, was offered a five-year term by the Board of Trustees. Brother James accepted, and he is renewed as president through June 30, 2026.
“I am honored by the confidence La Salle College High School’s Board of Trustees has shown in me on behalf of the wider school community. Anything we may have accomplished or still have left to achieve during my tenure at La Salle will be possible due to the efforts of a leadership team which has been evolving in its membership but has remained constant in terms of its creativity, dedication, and flexibility. These trying times have showcased the tremendous commitment of a faculty who are not afraid to adapt and basically would do anything it takes for their boys. La Salle is on such a firm foundation because we clearly have the tripod of support in place: an expert, representative, and aspirational Board, loving, sacrificially generous parents, and alumni who are proud to claim their connection to this school on Cheltenham Avenue, whether they studied here, at 20th and Olney, or even 1240 North Broad Street. 2026 is not an easy horizon to see clearly, especially under current pressures, but I can discern a few things. I know La Salle will rebound from whatever constraints the current health and economic crises impose. The school will continue to innovate and grow. Even more importantly, La Salle will continue to touch hearts in unique and unmistakable ways, impelling students and parents alike to refer to this experience without hesitation as ‘the best four years of my life.’ It continues to be a privilege to serve as a sort of cartographer for the spiritual, intellectual, and human journey that four years as an Explorer begin.”
Brother James L. Butler, FSC
The position of President of La Salle College High School was created by the Board of Trustees in 1989 when the President-Principal model was adopted. Since then, four Christian Brothers have served as president.
“Having Brother James serve as President of La Salle College High School for another five years is nothing short of spectacular! Brother James and his leadership skills will continue La Salle on its path as a nationally-recognized institution. Brother James excels with his ability to lead the school, understand the parent community, and connect directly with the students. His ability to relate to the students on campus and communicate with them in an impactful and meaningful way is a strength that all parents appreciate, and the students look forward to. Brother James does this all while remembering that the La Salle community is always in the Holy presence of God.”
Christopher R. Meagher ‘89
President, Alumni Association
Parent, Brendan ’18 and Ryan ‘20
Brother James made the move from “Lincroft to Belcroft” in 2012, having served as Principal of Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) in Lincroft, NJ for four years. He has nearly 40 years of years of professional experience and previously served as Auxiliary Visitor and Director of Education for the Baltimore Province of the Christian Brothers (2003-2007). He is a member of six governing boards and has participated in numerous school reviews and searches.
"As the eighth Dachowski in two generations to graduate from La Salle College High School, I understood very early the importance of continuing a tradition of integrity and respect. Brother James embodies these values and, on a daily basis, sets an example for myself and my Lasallian brothers. I am a better person because of him and thankful for all he taught me. I am excited for the journey the future men of La Salle are going to embark on, as they will be led by a truly inspirational man. "
Andrew Alvise Dachowski ’20
In his eight years as president, Brother James has accomplished a great deal and takes pride in his relationship with the entire La Salle community. He has been an adult leader on sixteen Kairos retreats and remains a daily presence amongst the students as well as the alumni and parents, where he serves as moderator of the Alumni Association, Mothers’ Club, and Men of La Salle.
“Brother James is a strong and reassuring leader to all of our Lasallian gentlemen.His ability to truly know each student is incredibly comforting and reassuring as a parent. With Brother James as our school President each parent can be assured that their son is being cared for, well educated, and reminded of the Lasallian mission each day.”
Meganne Flynn Borneman
Member, Board of Trustees
President, Mothers’ Club (2016-2017)
Parent, Colin ’17 and Macklin ’19