The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announces with great pleasure the appointment of Brother Richard Kestler, F.S.C., as president of West Philadelphia Catholic High School, effective July 1. Brother Richard brings with him over 50 years of experience as an educator, administrator and Brother of the Christian Schools. Brother Richard previously served at West Catholic as principal from 1973-1979 and president from 1999-2005.

According to Auxiliary Bishop Michael Fitzgerald, who oversees Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, “Brother Richard is a visionary educational leader and administrator. Due to his successful leadership at West Catholic in the past he is revered by the alumni and alumnae, major donors, administrators, faculty and staff. He has a passion and zeal for West that are necessary to take this school into a new and secure future.”

Succeeding Brother Richard at La Salle College High School in Wyndmoor is Brother James Butler, F.S.C. With over 30 years experience as an educator and a Christian Brother, Brother James currently serves as the principal of Christian Brothers Academy, a Lasallian college preparatory school for young men located in Lincroft, N.J. He has been principal of Christian Brothers Academy since 2008 and has served as a trustee at La Salle for almost a decade.