Prep President Michael Gomez, Ed.D., ’91 announced this week that Christopher Caulfield, ’03—who currently serves as interim vice principal for academics—will serve as the 47th principal of Saint Peter’s Prep, beginning July 1, 2022.
Below is a message from Dr. Gomez to the Prep community, announcing the appointment.
Dear Members of the Saint Peter’s Prep Community:
In the midst of our 150th anniversary year, we continue to celebrate Prep’s storied history as well as our bright future. Today I am excited to share an announcement with you that will shape that future. As you know, Mr. James DeAngelo, ’85, who has served as Prep’s principal since 2007, has announced that this will be his final year in that role, and the last several months have seen Prep engaged in a multifaceted search process to select our next principal. That process concluded over the Christmas break, and today I am pleased to announce that Mr. Christopher Caulfield, a member of Prep’s Class of 2003, will serve as the 47th principal of Saint Peter’s Prep, beginning July 1, 2022.
Mr. Caulfield joined Prep’s English Department in the fall of 2008 and served as chair from 2015-2021. Concurrently, he served as Prep’s head coach for indoor and outdoor track (2013-21) and cross country (2017-21). In the classroom, he earned a reputation as an engaging and innovative educator. On the sidelines, he guided the Marauders to dominance in all three seasons of competition and garnered numerous coaching accolades. Since July 2021, he has served as interim vice principal for academics. As both a student and a teacher, he has been directly engaged in Jesuit education since he began his freshman year at Prep in the fall of 1999. During that time, he has earned degrees from Boston College (B.A., English and M.Ed., Secondary Education) and Fordham University (M.S., Educational Administration and Supervision).Over his 14 years as a Prep teacher and administrator, Mr. Caulfield’s contributions to the academic life of Prep have included service on numerous internal planning committees, and in 2015 he was selected by the senior class as faculty graduation speaker. His connection to Grand & Warren spans decades and generations, as he is also the son of an alumnus (Jack Caulfield, ’71), the brother of an alumnus (Edmund Caulfield, ’00), and the grandson of an alumnus (Edmund Caulfield, ’37)—to name just three of the many Prep alumni among his extended family.
I hope you will join me in congratulating Mr. Caulfield on this appointment, and in welcoming him into his new role beginning this summer. But just as importantly, I hope you will join me in sincerely thanking Mr. DeAngelo for more than 30 years of distinguished service to Prep, including 15 years as principal—the longest-ever tenure for a principal at Grand & Warren and certainly among the most impactful. Mr. DeAngelo has guided our Prep to new heights in global education, professional development for our faculty, and overall academic excellence. He has also shaped our response to such challenges as Superstorm Sandy and the ongoing pandemic and helped to cement Prep’s position as a leader and an innovator among our Jesuit and independent school peers.
I would also like to thank the members of our community who have played a part in our principal search process—our search committee, chaired by Mr. John Irvine, ’83, P’11; the parents, students, and faculty and staff members who met with each of our finalists; and everyone who took the time to complete the initial survey from our search firm last fall.
As we look ahead to finishing this year strong with Mr. DeAngelo and beginning a new chapter with Mr. Caulfield this summer, I am grateful for these two Prep men and their leadership, and I am grateful for the Prep tradition that has shaped them both—and that continues to shape our young men—Then. Now. Always.
Pride & Glory,
Michael A. Gomez, Ed.D., ’91