Cristo Rey BR Franciscan High bids farewell to school president
BATON ROUGE – The school president who led his Catholic High school through August’s historic flooding will retire at the end of this year.
The Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School Board of Directors announced President James L. Llorens, Ph.D. retirement Thursday.
Llorens was was one of the most influential people behind the school’s approval in June 2016. He stepped out of retirement to lead a feasibility study and the school’s first year.
“We are indeed fortunate to have had the benefit of Jim Llorens’s leadership over the last two years,” board of directors chair Vic Howell.
The school’s board of directors said Llorens was instrumental in building the school’s dynamic staff as well as recruiting the first class of students. He also led his team during August’s historic flooding that prompted the school to be temporarily relocated at the Bon Carre’ Business Center.
“We can reflect over the last two years since the opening of our Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School and realize how much the success of the beginning of the school belongs to Jim Llorens,” Sr. Barbara Arceneaux, Provincial of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady, said.
John Bennett, the former principal of St. Aloysius Cathlolic School, will serve as the school’s interim president. Bennett takes on the position with more than 30 years of experience in Catholic education.
A national search for a new school president will be conducted.