University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy



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July 12, 2022
For Immediate Release

U of D Jesuit Names 30th President
Jesuit Brother, James Boynton, S.J., moves to top role

DETROIT –The Board of Directors at University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy announced today the appointment of Brother James J. Boynton, S.J. as the 30th President of the all-boys college-prep school in Detroit. The board’s recommendation was approved by the Very Reverend Karl Kiser, S.J., provincial of the Midwest Jesuits in Chicago. Boynton has been acting as interim president for the past seven months.

Fr. Kiser welcomed Br. Boynton into his new role saying, “Brother Boynton truly embraces the Jesuit Catholic mission through his personal lived experience as a Jesuit brother. He is a leader who cares deeply about the community he serves and I know there are few who love U of D Jesuit more than Br. Boynton.”

Br. Boynton’s educational experience has been shaped by 35 years of teaching, advising, philanthropic cultivation, and executive leadership. He has spent 15 years at U of D Jesuit demonstrating a passionate commitment to and expertise in Jesuit education through a heartfelt student-centered approach.

“Appointing Br. Boynton as president is an important move, which will secure a healthy and vibrant future for U of D Jesuit,” said Fr. Kiser.  “He will provide significant momentum toward exciting initiatives in conjunction with the school’s upcoming 150th anniversary celebration.” 

Br. Boynton expressed his thankfulness for the appointment, saying, “I am humbled to be missioned to this leadership role. The Jesuits had a bold vision of offering a world-class Jesuit education when they started this school in 1877. I look forward to enhancing our commitment to academic excellence for today’s world, while continuing to be centered on forming men for others. This vision is our future.”

Br. Boynton entered the Jesuit order in 1987. He holds a Master of Theological Studies from Weston Jesuit School of Theology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Loyola University, New Orleans. He has spent 15 years at U of D Jesuit as a teacher, department chair, Advancement Officer, Principal, and Interim President. Previously, he spent ten years as Vocation Director for the Midwest Jesuits. Br. Boynton has also worked for the Jesuits in Cleveland, India, and Haiti. He is fluent in Spanish, French, and Haitian Creole. 

University of Detroit Jesuit is the oldest continuously operating high school in Detroit. Founded in 1877, it has educated young men to be – “Men for Others” – through academic excellence, faith, character formation, and community service for 145 years. It remains Metro Detroit’s most ethnically, geographically, and culturally diverse school.  Approximately 900 students are enrolled in grades seven through twelve from more than seventy communities in six counties. More than 40-percent of its students qualify for tuition assistance totaling $3.5 million annually.

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