Servite High School is pleased to announce that Mr. Stephen Walswick of the Class of 2002 has been appointed to the position of principal for the 2021-2022 school year.
“I am very excited to welcome Stephen Walswick as the first alumnus to serve as principal of Servite since the school’s founding in 1958,” said Servite President Randall Adams. “It was clear during our interview process that Stephen embraces the mission of Servite High School and the charisms of the Servite Order. With our dedicated faculty and staff, he will work collaboratively to make Servite High School an even better educational institution as we prepare our students to take their place in today’s world. Stephen embodies the type of Faith-Filled Leader that we hope our graduates will become and we are blessed to welcome him home.”
Walswick has dedicated his life as a student, teacher, and administrator at Catholic schools, including many years at Servite High School. A graduate of the Class of 2002, Walswick returned to Servite after three years of formation with the Servite Order to serve in a variety of roles over the years including English teacher, water polo coach, Director of Educational Technology, and an assistant principal.
Walswick shared, “I am excited and honored to return to Servite and serve as its next principal. As a product of its rich tradition of forming faith-filled leaders, I can't wait to take part in this legacy again and build upon the outstanding contributions the faculty, staff, alumni, students, and parents have made in advancing the school's mission.”
Walswick continued, “Servite has always held a special place in my life and faith journey. As I become reacquainted with each member of the Servite community, I pray that I might share the gifts God has given me and fully meet and serve each individual's needs. Then in a collaborative and community-oriented spirit, we will lead Servite into becoming the premier institution for forming young men to become the virtue-driven leaders of tomorrow.”
After Servite, Walswick became the principal at Central Catholic High School in San Antonio, TX. He holds a double-major bachelor's degree in English Literature and Philosophy from Loyola Marymount University, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Chapman University, and a Master of Arts in Catholic School Administration from Loyola Marymount.
Fr. Eugene Smith, OSM, a 1978 graduate of Servite and Prior Provincial of the Order of Friar Servants of Mary – USA, feels that Walswick’s variety of experience has prepared him well for his new leadership role.
“Stephen’s long affiliation with, and affinity for, Servite High School puts him in the unique position of knowing the school’s culture, legacy and Servite identity from the inside out,” he said. “I know he will draw on all of this, along with his active faith, strong values and professional experience in Catholic school leadership, in his new role as Servite’s next principal – to the enrichment and benefit of the entire school community, building on the successes of those who have served before him and making the Servite experience all the more tangible and enduring in the lives of present and future Servite students and families.”
Walswick will officially take the helm on July 1, 2021, but he will be involved in some school activities and planning this spring.
“As an alumnus and former member of our faculty and administration, Stephen is already well-known and deeply respected in our community,” Adams stated. “We expect that there will be a smooth transition of leadership.”
Walswick has been married to his wife, Lacey, for the past eleven years. They have three daughters and a son. The family is looking forward to re-engaging as active parishioners at St. Joseph's in Placentia.
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This article was released by Servite High School.