McQuaid Jesuit High School’s president, William A. Hobbs, is stepping down to become a vice president of the Washington, D.C.-based Jesuit Secondary Educational Association, which oversees 59 Jesuit schools in the U.S. and Canada.
In 2005, Hobbs became principal of McQuaid, a private Catholic school in Brighton for young men in grades 7 to 12, and in 2007 became the school’s 11th president. During his tenure, Hobbs has overseen the development of an athletics-formation program for coaches and parents, the reorganization of the school’s college counseling program, and helped rebrand the school to emphasize its Jesuit heritage.
Hobbs also pulled together two task forces that are continuing their work; one focuses on boys’ education, while the other focuses on McQuaid’s sustainability and affordability.
As vice president of the Jesuit Secondary Educational Association, Hobbs, 47, will be filling a new position through which he will work to ensure the future of Jesuit education in the U.S. through programs, research and other services to schools on both national and local levels. Hobbs also will be collaborating with a similar organization in Latin America.
"I will be very involved in forming leaders for Jesuit schools through seminars in Ignatian leadership," he said, citing one way that he will be fulfilling this mission.
Prior to joining McQuaid, he was middle-school head at the Regis School of the Sacred Heart in Houston. He also has worked at schools in Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City and Towson, Md.
Additionally, he served as assistant director of undergraduate admissions at St. Joseph’s University and spent seven years as a Jesuit.
Hobbs said he plans to stay in touch with the Rochester community to maintain his McQuaid connections and those at Nativity Preparatory Academy, a Catholic middle school for low-income Rochester youths.
Drawing on past work experience at a school in the NativityMiguel network of schools, Hobbs led McQuaid to partner with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester in cosponsoring Nativity Preparatory Academy. He said he also plans to maintain connections with St. Mary Parish in Rochester, where he is a pastoral chairman.
"It’ll be bittersweet," Hobbs said of his sadness over leaving Rochester and his excitement over the new job.