Patrick Sillup

Patrick Sillup will lead Malvern Preparatory School as its 15th head of school, the private Catholic boys’ academy announced Feb. 1.

His appointment concludes a national search that began when Augustinian Father Donald Reilly announced his decision to step down from the school’s top post last summer.

Sillup, who currently serves as Malvern Prep’s assistant head of school for academics said he was “humbled and honored” to be selected by the Board of Trustees for the position.

“I plan to continue the wonderful work Father Reilly has laid the foundation for — educating young men with a commitment to our Augustinian, Catholic values,” Sillup said. “It is an exciting time in Malvern’s history and I look forward to working with our community to provide the support necessary for the school’s continued evolution.”

According to board chair Joe Davis, Sillup’s experience, leadership and commitment to Malvern’s Augustinian, Catholic values stood out among finalists.

“Selecting the next head of school is a critical moment for Malvern Prep and required careful thought and consideration,” said Davis. “I am grateful for my colleagues on the board who worked thoughtfully to elect Patrick. He has a clear understanding of Malvern’s past and has the innovative vision and collaborative spirit to guide Malvern into the future.”

Father Reilly will remain as head of school for the remainder of this academic year working closely with Sillup to transition in July 2022.

Malvern Prep will celebrate a Mass for the occasion, to which all in the community are welcome, Feb. 2 at 8:55 a.m. at the O’Neill Sports Center located on the school’s campus at 418 South Warren Avenue in Malvern.