Aquinas Institute to welcome new president in June - Catholic Courier
David Eustis has been named president of the Aquinas Institute in Rochester, effective June 19. (photo courtesy Aquinas Institute)

David Eustis has been named president of the Aquinas Institute in Rochester, effective June 19. (photo courtesy Aquinas Institute)

Aquinas Institute to welcome new president in June

Aquinas Institute in Rochester soon will welcome a new leader.

David Eustis has been named president of the school, effective June 19. Eustis will replace Anthony Cook, who last spring notified Aquinas’ board of trustees of his intention to step down from his role. Cook had served as president since February 2020, according to Nick Dobbertin, chairman of Aquinas’ board of trustees.

“We are grateful to Dr. Cook and the leadership he provided to Aquinas throughout the pandemic and his time as president,” Dobbertin said in a Feb. 28 statement. “In the search for his successor, we were presented with qualified local and national candidates, and Mr. Eustis was the clear standout. His approach to school leadership from a business and strategic perspective, while maintaining a focus on mission, will be a great asset to Aquinas.”

Eustis currently is the headmaster at Xavier High School in Middletown, Conn., which is a Catholic high school for boys. He came to the school in 2017. He previously served as president and chief administrator at Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford, Conn., from 2013-17. He also worked for 21 years for Junior Achievement Worldwide, where he was head of East Coast fundraising and consulted with Western European Junior Achievement offices on philanthropic strategies.

“I am honored to be named president of Aquinas and to become part of the incredible and longstanding tradition the school has here in the Rochester community,” Eustis said in a statement. “My experience in Catholic school leadership is a true reflection of the passion I have for Catholic education. I look forward to building on the school’s legacy of preparing young men and women to attend the nation’s top colleges and universities, while instilling goodness, discipline and knowledge in our students.”

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