Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Xavier President Jack Raslowsky Named a Legend of Prep

Saint Peter's Prep, New Jersey’s Jesuit high school, recently announced that Xavier President Jack Raslowsky was named a Legend of St. Peter's Prep and will be honored at a dinner hosted by the school on Sept. 14th.

Jack Raslowsky

Mr. Raslowsky is a member of the Prep Class of 1979. Over the years he served as soccer coach, teacher, retreat leader and moderator of numerous activities. In 1992, he was named Prep’s first lay principal and served in that role until 2003 when he joined the Jesuit provincial staff where he served as the provincial assistant for education and lay formation. During his time as principal, Prep’s enrollment grew, lacrosse and volleyball were added as interscholastic sports, AP offerings increased, the art and music programs saw significant growth and the school community placed renewed focus on issues of mission and Jesuit identity. Mr. Raslowsky was named Xavier’s first lay president in June 2009.

The first legends Class was inducted in 1993 to celebrate alumni and others in the Prep community who have had a profound positive impact on the school and the greater community by exemplifying the ideals of Jesuit education. The Legends of Prep awards are the highest honor presented by the Prep Alumni Association.The Sept. 14th dinner at Mayfair Farms, in West Orange, NJ, will also highlight the accomplishments of several other honorees, including Br. Paul Harrison, S.J., Dr. Rich Kennedy, Tom McGinty, Prep ’71, Jack Savage, Prep ’57 and Br. Joseph Wuss, S.J.

When asked about his induction, Raslowsky commented: "It is a thrill to be named a Legend of Prep. My long association with the Society and the work of Jesuit education began at St. Peter’s and my days as a student and faculty member there were gifts beyond measure. Prep opened my eyes to a world 'charged with the grandeur of God' and my life has not been the same since. Without my association with St. Peter’s, being at Xavier would have been an impossible dream, so my time at Prep is a gift that keeps on giving. This honor is a reminder of the common ground all Jesuit institutions share. I am particularly honored to be inducted with Br. Paul Harrison, S.J. and Br. Joe Wuss, S.J. I worked closely with them both through the years and they were outstanding Jesuits and friends."

Xavier has other connections to this year’s Prep Legends. Mr. Jack Savage is the brother-in-law of Xavier Hall of Fame member and former board chair, Mr. Gene Rainis ’58 and Mr. Tom McGinty serves as the owner’s representative for Xavier’s 15th St. project and master plan.

For more information on the Legends of Prep Dinner or to register today, click here.