Welcome Back Mike Wood '99


After a comprehensive national search, it is my pleasure to announce that John Michael Wood ’99 has accepted my invitation to serve as Jesuit High School’s next principal beginning July 1, 2015.
Mike is currently the Dean of Men at Loyola High School, Los Angeles, California; a responsibility he has held for seven years. He is also the Co-Director of LHS’ summer session. Mike’s other experiences at Loyola have included teaching scripture and moral theology, coaching soccer, and serving as a co-curricular activities moderator. He has been a member of the faculty and an administrator at Loyola High School for the past twelve years.
Mike is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University where he earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in theology. He is presently a doctoral student at Creighton University. And, as you may have noted in the opening paragraph of this announcement, Mike is also a graduate of Jesuit High School.
The principal search committee was chaired by Sharon Tobar, Jesuit’s Chief Financial Officer. Members of the committee included trustees as well as faculty and staff members. Their efforts were supported by Lisa Canfield and Eileen Woodward. The search committee, the faculty and staff group who hosted the candidates’ lunches, and Jesuit students, Alex Aprea ’15, Adam McGrew ’15, and Kencell Nixon ’15, who toured the campus with our principal candidates, were all exceptional representatives of Jesuit High School. I am grateful for all that they did to make our search process engaging and effective.
Mike shared his motivation for applying for the position as Jesuit’s principal noting that “It would be an honor to return to my alma mater as a leader and colleague to share my strengths, experiences, and passion with the Jesuit ministry of my origin.” Let us pray for Mike as his responsibilities come to an end at Loyola High School and commend him and his future endeavors at Jesuit High School to the Lord. We have so many reasons to be grateful as a school community and so much to look forward to in the years to come as we all strive to create a new generation of Men for Others.
Welcome home, Mike.                                                                                                                                                                                                          Announced Feb 25, 2015 by President, David J. Suwalsky, S.J.