Vice President/Chief Operating Officer
St. John’s Jesuit High School & Academy
5901 Airport Hwy., Toledo, OH.
419-865-5743 | sjjtitans.com
Chris Knight, a 1978 graduate of St. John’s Jesuit High School, is the founding Principal of St. John’s Jesuit Academy and the former Superintendent of the Diocese of Toledo and Cleveland. In 2018, Knight returned to SJJ as Vice President and COO. Knight quickly settled into his new role with a clear objective to enhance efforts in support what has been steadfast at SJJ since 1965— forward-thinking Catholic Jesuit education dedicated to developing men for others. According to Knight, “In general, we are looking at everything we do. I have fresh eyes to look at things, and I have the perspective of someone who has been at a lot of schools over the last eight years. At the same time, I have my roots at St. John’s. So, it’s a nice combination.”
St Michael the Archangel
723 Sutton Place, Findlay, OH
419 423-2738 | findlaystmichaelschool.org
What is your mission for St. Michael School?
The mission of St. Michael School is to grow students not only academically, but also spiritually. Throughout this year, students will come to know different Saints and how they lived out virtues such as reverence, honesty, mercy and generosity to grow in their faith. We believe our courses of study challenge all students to learn and prepares them each for life-long learning no matter what paths they may choose to pursue in high school. As a school and parish community, we are fortunate that we get to partner with so many families and volunteers that together we can help each child find success.
What inspires you each day?
There are really two inspiring parts of each week for me. The first is when I am out of my office and getting to see the classrooms in action. I love to see the teachers invested in their lessons and the students actively involved sharing what they have learned. The second most inspiring part of the week is getting to celebrate mass as a school community. It is truly a blessing to witness the students praying, singing and sharing their faith together weekly.
Why did you become interested in educational leadership?
I was interested in educational leadership back when I was earning my Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Toledo. I just somehow felt that I would be called to serve as an administrator in the future. Forward a few years later (and sooner than I predicted I would be an administrator) I found myself called to continue my education. I completed my Masters of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Ohio Dominican in December 2016 and accepted the Principal position at Saint Michael School in the spring of 2017. I am more than happy and blessed to be serving as the Principal and helping to continue to grow the traditions of academic excellence and prayerful leaders here at Saint Michael School.