Andrew Stith brought the Cristo Rey mission to life in Milwaukee as founding President of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School. Mr. Stith most recently was a founding leader and Vice President of Advancement for Cristo Rey Kansas City High School and is in his 11th year of service to Cristo Rey schools.
Andrew, originally from the Chicago area, received his BA from Marquette University and M.Ed. from the University of Notre Dame through the ACE (Alliance for Catholic Education) teaching program. Upon completion of Andrew’s degree and teaching commitment in the ACE program in 2003, he returned to the Chicagoland area and began work in the development office of Notre Dame High School for Boys. Two years later, Andrew accepted the invitation to join the leadership team for Cristo Rey Kansas City as its founding Development Director. For the next 7 years, he oversaw school communications, fund development, and community outreach. During his tenure, he raised over $15 million to support the work of Cristo Rey Kansas City. To honor Andrew’s exemplary development work, he was honored with the school’s Founders’ Award in 2013.
In the summer of 2012, Andrew seized another opportunity to build the mission of Cristo Rey. Marquette University’s College of Education hired Andrew as the Cristo Rey Feasibility Study Director for Milwaukee. Andrew lead the 20-month market study to explore the possibility of a Cristo Rey high school in Milwaukee. The successful study culminated in the establishment of Milwaukee’s Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, which opened in August of 2015 and currently educates approximately 232 freshman and sophomore young men and women. In November 2016, Andrew completed a certification in non-profit management through the Kellogg School’s Executive Scholar Program at Northwestern University.
Andrew and his wife Ann are proud parents of four children including Elizabeth (10), Mary (8), Thomas (6), and Anthony (3).