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Jan. 27, 2021 – The board of trustees at De Smet Jesuit High School in St. Louis has named Daniel Zepp as the school’s next president. He will begin his tenure July 1, 2021.

Dr Daniel Zepp
Dr. Daniel Zepp will be the next president of De Smet Jesuit High School in St. Louis, effective July 1, 2021.

“Daniel Zepp is a visionary and charismatic leader, with a solid background in Jesuit education,” stated Board Chair Greg Pohlman ’78 and Search Committee Chair Chrissy Nardini in their announcement to the De Smet Jesuit community.

Dr. Zepp’s vision for Catholic, liberal arts education has been shaped by more than 14 years of teaching, advising, and counseling students.

“I have been formed and transformed personally, academically, professionally and spiritually through Jesuit education and Ignatian spirituality,” said Dr. Zepp. “It is with great pride and enthusiasm that I take what I’ve learned throughout my career in secondary schools, Jesuit education, and my doctoral research on the faith development of young men, to deepen the already outstanding work that occurs at De Smet Jesuit each day.”

Dr. Zepp currently serves as the interim president of Resurrection College Prep High School, an all-girls, Lasallian Catholic school in Chicago. He previously served as president and director of advancement of St. Petersburg Catholic High School in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Originally from Louisville, Ky., he attended St. Xavier High School. He received a football scholarship to Boston College, where he earned a Ph.D. in higher education, an M.A. in pastoral ministry, and a B.S. in management. He is a published author and his doctoral research focused on the faith development of young men.

His selection follows a national search process that began in the summer of 2020.

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