On July 1, Alan Carruthers became the 39th President in SLUH's 200-year history. You may know he most recently served as Principal of Regis Jesuit High School - Boys Division in Denver, but did you also know he enjoys hiking, carpentry and rugby?
Here's what else you may be interested in knowing about this Canadian who will lead SLUH into its third century:
Education: After graduating from St. Paul's Jesuit High School in Winnipeg, Carruthers earned a B.A. from the University of Manitoba/St. Paul's Jesuit College and a B.Ed. from the University of Manitoba. In addition, he has completed the Jesuit Schools Network's Seminars in Ignatian Leadership, and earned a Masters of Science in Educational Administration from St. Joseph's University, the Jesuit university in Philadelphia, as part of a collaborative cohort between the JSN and SJU.
Experience: Carruthers brings to SLUH 22 years of Jesuit secondary education experience, first as a social studies teacher, head lacrosse coach and assistant football coach at Rockhurst High School in Kansas City (1995-2000), then as Vice Principal and teacher at St. Paul's Jesuit High School in Winnipeg, Manitoba (2000-12), and most recently as Principal at Regis Jesuit High School – Boys Division in Denver (2012-present).
Family: Wife, Lucia, and boys Archie and John Paul (both in 7th grade)
Prayer: "Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will, all I have and call my own. You have given all to me. To you, Lord, I return it. Everything is yours; do with it what you will. Give me only your love and your grace, that is enough for me." - St. Ignatius of Loyola
Quote: Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way......What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything....Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything. - Pedro Arrupe, S.J., 28th Superior General of the Society of Jesus
Book: Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth
Movie: The Empire Strikes Back
Musical artist: The Beatles
Sports teams: Winnipeg Jets and Montreal Canadiens (NHL), Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL), and Kansas City Chiefs (NFL)
Rugby team: Munster - Guinness Pro 14
Hobbies: Hiking and carpentry
Food: My wife's Italian anything
Heroes: My father; Fr. Paul Crouch, S.J.; and Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty
"Everyone's prayers, support on social media and gracious offers of help have provided a small window into the loving strength and generosity of the SLUH community," says Carruthers. "For this I am deeply grateful and humbled to be part of such communal goodness."