St. Augustine High School names New President
St. Augustine High School named Dr. Kenneth St. Charles as its new President and Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Oyd Craddock, who is stepping down from the position after 4 years of service.Dr. St. Charles will begin his tenure on December 1, ending a five-month national search. He is currently the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Randolph College in Lynchburg, VA, which during his tenure raised $15.6 million, the highest amount in its 125-year history. Previously,
Dr. St. Charles served for ten years as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Xavier University of Louisiana, during which time the University raised more than $95 million. Dr. St. Charles will become the sixth president in St. Augustine’s 65-year history. A 1981 graduate, he is a proud alumnus of St. Augustine High School.
“Dr. St. Charles possesses the strategic vision, fundraising expertise and firm commitment to ensuring that current and future students receive the educational experience and opportunities that will guarantee their future success,” said Justin Augustine, chairman of St. Augustine’s Board of Directors. “We conducted a national search and Dr. St. Charles stood out as uniquely qualified to lead St. Aug at this critical time in our proud history. His education background, knowledge of the New Orleans scene, business and leadership skills, including his military experience, has contributed to his being ready for this opportunity to lead our community of faculty, staff, alumni, and most importantly students. “I look forward to working with Dr. St. Charles and ask that the St. Augustine family join me in welcoming him.”
“It is a privilege and a tremendous honor to have been asked to lead St. Augustine High School as its president,” Dr. St. Charles said. “Since its founding, St. Aug has had a sacred mission to ensure that its students were not only challenged academically but also nurtured and provided the emotional spirit that gave them the confidence to believe they could compete and succeed in whatever situation they encountered. These beliefs are as relevant today as they were when the Josephite’s founded the school in 1951, and I intend to strengthen our commitment to these beliefs. Anything less would fail our students and is therefore unacceptable.”
“We are proud to welcome Dr. St. Charles to St. Augustine High School,” said Reverend Michael L. Thompson, S.S.J., superior general of the Josephites, the religious order based in Baltimore, MD that owns the school. “Since 1951, St. Augustine High School has served as a beacon of hope and opportunity for deserving students. I am confident that Kenneth will make many lasting and meaningful contributions, building on our legacy of preparing young African-American men in the spirit of Jesus Christ for the challenges of the future. I along with the rest of the Josephite priests, brothers, and Board of Trustees look forward to working with him.”
Dr. St. Charles earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Administration from the University of New Orleans. He also completed an MBA from UNO and his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Loyola University New Orleans. He was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after serving 30 years in the Army Reserve. During his military career, he served as an Inspector General during a one-year deployment to Kuwait following 9/11 and later was an instructor with the U. S. Army Command and General Staff College. Dr. St. Charles is married to the former Lori Robinson. Married for 28 years, they are the parents of two daughters, Taylor and Kennedy.
About St. Augustine High School:
Founded in 1951, St. Augustine High School, an all-male college preparatory school, was built by the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The school is also referred to as “St. Aug,” or the “Purple Knights.” St. Augustine’s heritage is rooted in the Josephite Society. At inception, it educated young men from Black Catholic families and was staffed by the Josephite Society, a religious order founded for the purpose of working in the Black community. Today, St. Augustine welcomes young men of all races and religions and remains a leading secondary school for African American males in Louisiana. St. Augustine aims to prepare students for all academic aptitudes to function successfully in all forms of professional endeavors.