SLUH President David Laughlin often says we stand on the shoulders of the giants who came before us. At the recent Bicentennial Mass & Celebration, SLUH Board Chairman Tom Santel '76 remarked, "Beginning next school year, it is us who will be standing on [David's] shoulders."
For the past 13 years, Laughlin has led SLUH as the first lay – and longest serving – President in the school's history. He leaves a lasting legacy as he begins a new chapter as President of Rockhurst High School on July 1. A few of his many accomplishments include:
- Built a new field house, student commons and Jesuit residence
- Completed a comprehensive strategic plan
- More than tripled financial aid so that SLUH remains accessible to any young man of academic ability, regardless of his family’s economic circumstances
- Increased our endowment by more than 60%, and reduced debt by more than half
- Maintained enrollment at just over 1,000 students
- Significantly increased faith formation and service programs for students and faculty
- Increased academic performance, as measured by an average ACT score of 28 in 2004 to an average of 30 for the last five years
- Earned recognition for SLUH by the U.S. Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence (2015), and by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as a top workplace for the past five consecutive years
- Individually recognized 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
Beginning July 1, Alan Carruthers, currently the Principal at Regis Jesuit High School - Boys Division in Aurora, Colorado, assumes the role as SLUH President. He is an established leader with 22 years of Jesuit secondary education experience.
The SLUH community bids farewell to Laughlin – a 'giant' leader – with incredible gratitude, in thanks for his effective leadership, mission-driven vision, and tireless dedication to Jesuit education and the young men at SLUH.
Thank you, Mr. Laughlin!
From the Archive: David Laughlin interview (6.11.17)