DiNovi said the school would not disclose further details about the investigation to protect victims’ privacy. Regis is an all-boys school run by the Society of Jesus. It has faculty and staff of both sexes. The school’s student body numbers over 500. The Upper East Side Manhattan school does not charge tuition and instead relies on donations from alumni and other benefactors.
“Please know the board did not come to its decision lightly and took seriously its obligation to act with transparency, integrity, and compassion in service of our community, both with respect to Fr. Lahart and to those members of our community who were harmed by his conduct,” DiNovi said. “We are committed to ensuring a safe, respectful, and caring workplace for all current and future Regis staff members.”
Lahart was the 22nd president of the school. The 2015 announcement of Lahart’s selection as president noted his 14 years as president of the Houston, Texas school Strake Jesuit College Preparatory. He previously served as vice president for finance and administration at Washington, D.C.’s Gonzaga College High School and as provincial assistant for secondary education for the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus. In that role, he was the provincial’s delegate to middle and secondary schools.
Lahart also had taught mathematics at Scranton Preparatory School in Pennsylvania.
Regis High alumni include Bishop Frank Caggiano of Bridgeport, Conn.; Father Joseph McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University; U.S. Rep. Andrew Harris, R-Maryland; and Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who has been a leading media commentator on the novel coronavirus epidemic.
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The board of trustees has named Christian Talbot, a former Regis faculty member, as interim president.