Cristo Rey San Jose High School supporters welcomed its new president, Margaret Higgins, at a reception Sunday in Santa Clara hosted by the school’s chancellor, the Rev. Peter Pabst.
Higgins, who has held positions at Santa Clara University and USF, says her first six weeks on the job have made clear the hard work that people have put into the school for the past six years. “And Margaret has already enlivened the place with great humor and great caring,” Pabst said.
The Jesuit high school — aimed at underserved communities without a strong family history of going to college — will graduate its first class this year and is preparing for its annual Rey of Hope scholarship fundraiser March 15 and the opening of its gymnasium, the Valley Foundation Pavilion.
“Cristo Rey is in a magical moment,” Higgins said. “And that magical moment is announced every day with college acceptances.”
The reception was held at the Jesuit Community Residence in Santa Clara, and the crowd stopping by to meet Higgins included Paul and Barbara Gentzkow; Ted Biagini; Dan Barsanti; Phil Boyce of the Valley Foundation; and Elaine Curran of the Leo Shortino Foundation.
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