David Laughlin began as President of St. Louis University High School in 2005. He has 25 years of experience in Jesuit secondary educational administrative experience. After teaching Theology for two years at Duchesne Academy in Omaha, Nebraska, he began a formal association with Jesuit secondary education as a theology teacher, pastoral director, dean of students and assistant principal at Creighton Prep in Omaha, Nebraska. From 2000 to 2005, he served as the Principal of Rockhurst Jesuit High School in Kansas City, Missouri.
Laughlin has been recognized in his field by being selected for the Board of Directors of the Jesuit Schools Network (formerly known as the Jesuit Secondary Education Association), the Board of Trustees at DeSmet Jesuit High School, the Board of Advisors at Cor Jesu Academy, the Board of Regents at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, and the Board of Trustees of Brophy Prep, the Jesuit School of Phoenix. Additionally, his commitment to Catholic secondary education has also provided opportunities for service on the Boards of St. Teresa’s Academy in Kansas City and Villa Duchesne/Oak Hill in St. Louis. In 2013, he chaired the National Jesuit President’s Meeting. He has previously chaired the National Jesuit Principals Meeting.
Laughlin holds his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. He was honored by the National Catholic Education Association in 2016 with the Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Award for his outstanding efforts, contributions and achievements on behalf of Catholic school education.
Secretary to the President