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Former Teacher Named New Fairfield Prep President

Christian J. Cashman has been named the new president at Fairfield Prep
Christian J. Cashman has been named the new president at Fairfield Prep Photo Credit: Fairfield Prep

A familiar face is set to return to a familiar place as he takes on a new role as the president of Fairfield Prep.

Fairfield University President Mark Nemec announced that Christian Cashman, a former teacher and current president and head of school at Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford, will take over at the school effective as of Wednesday, July 1.

Cashman will also serve as a member of Fairfield University’s Senior Leadership Team, Nemec noted.

“Cashman is a proven leader with a strong commitment to the excellence and the tradition which are hallmarks of a Jesuit, Catholic secondary education,” Nemec said. “He has demonstrated a depth of strategic rigor and data-driven decision making not only in his time at Northwest Catholic, but throughout his career.”

A former teacher in the Theology Department at Fairfield Prep, Cashman returns to his old stomping grounds following his three-year stint at the helm of Northwest Catholic.

While in West Hartford, Nemec said that Cashman “not only acted as the Catholic spiritual leader and chief development officer of the school, but also oversaw all professional staff, budgetary processes, official communications, and gift-giving.”

“As a Catholic parent and educator, I have received countless graces from my own Catholic and Jesuit education,” Cashman said. “I am thrilled and humbled to be coming home to my Jesuit roots and the Fairfield Prep community which has given so much to me and my family, and I look forward to a powerful collaboration and partnership between Prep and Fairfield University, the only Jesuit secondary model of its kind in the United States.”

Cashman also served as principal at East Catholic High School in Manchester, and at St. Timothy Middle School in West Hartford.

“Cashman has all the qualities and experience we were seeking, including having served as a faculty member at Prep for seven years,” Sally Bednar, chair of Fairfield Prep’s Board of Governors, said. “I am pleased that he will lead Prep as our next president, and I am confident he will ensure Prep’s continued focus on academic excellence, thoughtful innovation, and athletic vigor.”

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