Xavier grad appointed president of Jesuit high school

Terrence Baum, S.J., takes over Kansas City’s Rockhurst High School, adding to 30-year career | August 25, 2003

Terrence Baum, S.J., is a living example that Xavier’s Jesuit tradition reaches far beyond the Cincinnati campus. Seeds planted at the University with his 1973 bachelor’s degree in chemistry have grown into a successful 30-year career in Jesuit education, recently reaching full bloom with a position as president of Rockhurst High School in Kansas City.

Baum comes to Rockhurst, Kansas City’s only Jesuit college preparatory school, after six years as principal of Illinois’ Loyola Academy—the country’s largest Jesuit high school with 2,000 students. He is credited with developing Loyola’s learning enhancement center for students with diagnosed learning disabilities.

"The opportunity to lead Rockhurst High School is a tremendous honor," Baum says. "The school has a wonderful reputation across the nation. I look forward to working with everyone affiliated with the institution to continue to advance Rockhurst's exemplary tradition and further distinguish our students as the future leaders of Kansas City and the country."

A native of Lorain, Ohio, Baum was ordained in 1981 after receiving a Master of Divinity degree with distinction from Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Mass. Among his other credentials are a master’s degree in educational administration and supervision from Fordham University and a certificate from the Jesuit Secondary School Association Administrator’s Program.

He began his career as a chemistry teacher, tennis coach, liturgy director and graphic arts club moderator at St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago.

He then moved on to serve as assistant principal for academic affairs at New York City’s St. Xavier High School. Five years later, he was appointed to headmaster at St. Xavier, where he introduced a Kairos retreat program, implemented a program of faculty supervision, and created a seminar for younger teachers. He also was a member of the New York Province (Jesuits) Secondary Education Planning Board, a trustee both of the city’s Nativity Mission Center and of Loyola and Regis high schools, and chair of the Manhattan Catholic High Schools Principals’ Association. After six years as headmaster, he headed back to Chicago to fill Loyola’s principal position.

Baum is currently a board member of the Jesuit Secondary Education Association and a member both of the National Association of Secondary School Principals and of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Baum assumes presidential duties at Rockhurst in February.

"We are most fortunate to have someone of the depth and expertise in Jesuit secondary education as Fr. Baum,” says David Laughlin, principal at Rockhurst. “He is nationally recognized for his work in Jesuit education.”