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A Letter from our Board Chair, Paul Scariano

Office of the Chair of the Board of Directors

May 3, 2024

Dear Students, Faculty, Staff, Families, Partners, and Friends, 

As you know, our beloved President, Bill Henson, is retiring after 13 years of transformational  service to Cristo Rey Brooklyn. We will all miss him and his leadership, and we wish him the very  best in his well-deserved retirement.  

I am also pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has ratified the decision of the President’s Search Committee to hire Mr. Michael Motyl as the school’s next President, effective July 1, 2024.  

Michael Motyl has dedicated his entire 23-year career in education to Catholic schools, particularly  walking with those most in need. He currently serves as President at Saint Joseph Academy (SJA)  and previously as the President of Guadalupe Regional Middle School (GRMS), both on the  Texas/Mexico border in Brownsville, Texas. Motyl led SJA for 9 years which is owned and operated  by the Marist Brothers, having served the local Brownsville community since 1865. GRMS is part of  the Nativity Miguel Coalition of schools and is the only school of its kind in Texas offering an all scholarship, Catholic education. 

Born and raised in Connecticut, Motyl graduated from Boston College in 2001 with Bachelor’s  Degree in Education and upon graduation he applied and was accepted into the University of Notre  Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) Program. He served as a volunteer teacher for two  years in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley teaching middle school math, coaching, and volunteering with  local organizations. Through the ACE program, he earned his Master’s Degree in Education  in 2003. Motyl returned to the University of Notre Dame as a member of the Remick Leadership  Program and earned his Master’s Degree in Educational Administration in 2009, and received the  ACE/Notre Dame Michael Pressley Award for Excellence in Catholic Education in recognition for  his lasting witness and significant contributions to the ministry of Catholic education. In 2015,  Boston College awarded Motyl an honorary degree of Doctor of Science in Education, for his  steadfast commitment to making a tuition-free Catholic education available to economically  disadvantaged students in the Brownsville community.  

CRB is a family and while we are losing (at least on a day-to-day basis) one beloved family member,  we are gaining another great one. Please welcome Michael when you can, and make sure to remind  Bill of how grateful we are for his service. 

Sincerely yours, 

Paul Scariano Chair of the Board 

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