Loyola alumnus named Cristo Rey Jesuit High School President
William Heiser, Ed.D, a Loyola University Maryland graduate and former dean, was named the second president of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Baltimore.
Heiser earned both his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 1995 and a Master’s in School Counseling from Loyola and received an Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from Morgan State University.
Heiser is currently the principal of Catonsville High School and was named Principal of the Year in 2013 by the Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals.
“It’s an honor to have the opportunity to return to Jesuit education and give back,” Heiser said. “My experience at Loyola gave me so much and transformed my own life.”
Heiser also met his wife, Tracy Cerrato, ’95, during his undergraduate years at Loyola.
Prior to Catonsville High, Heiser was also the principal of North County High School in Anne Arundel County, and a former assistant dean of Loyola University’s College of Arts & Sciences from 2002 to 2003. Hesier also served as Loyola’s director of academic support for student athletes from 1998 to 2002.
“Loyola University Maryland is proud to have many graduates serving as teachers and leaders in education around the world,” said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president of Loyola University Maryland. “It is particularly affirming to see one of our graduates take on such an significant leadership role at Cristo Rey, a school that is living out the Jesuit mission and making such a powerful difference for its students—and for our greater community. I wish Mr. Heiser all the best. Our community here will certainly keep him and the Cristo Rey community in our prayers as he takes on this new role.”
As president of Cristo Rey, Heiser hopes to show students the power of relationships, compassion, and cura personalis. These principles were instilled in him the day he set foot on Loyola’s campus as an undergraduate and have been a major part of his life since.
“Compassion for others, as president, comes first and foremost,” Heiser said. “I want to instill the passion and belief that students can achieve greatness no matter what they’re facing.”