Jesuit Father Kenneth J. Boller has been named the 27th president of Saint Peter’s Preparatory School in Jersey City, N.J. Fr. Boller, who is currently completing a nine-year tenure as president of Fordham Preparatory School in the Bronx, will begin his term at Saint Peter’s Prep on July 1, succeeding Jesuit Father Robert E. Reiser, who has held the post since 2006.
Fr. Boller entered the Society of Jesus in 1964 and has committed most of his five decades as a Jesuit to education. He taught mathematics at Xavier High School in Manhattan from 1969 to 1972. Next he served as principal of Canisius High School in Buffalo, and then returned to Xavier in 1986, serving as headmaster and then president until 1997. After seven years as pastor of Saint Aloysius Church in Harlem, Fr. Boller was appointed president of Fordham Prep in 2004.
“I’m honored to be selected by the board to succeed Fr. Reiser,” said Fr. Boller. “I’ve followed with great interest the progress Saint Peter’s has made in recent years and look forward to working with the board and the loyal supporters of the Prep to make the plans and dreams a reality.”
Philip F. McGovern, Jr., the chairman of Saint Peter’s Board of Trustees, wrote the school community that, “Fr. Boller is a personable and pastoral Jesuit who will serve the Prep community well. We are fortunate to welcome him in furtherance of the great Prep tradition that was begun more than 140 years ago.” [Saint Peter’s Prep]