Only the second president in school’s 15-year history
CLEVELAND, May 30, 2018 — The Board of Trustees of Saint Martin de Porres, Cleveland’s Cristo Rey high school, announced today that Mr. Charles (Chaz) Napoli has been named president effective June 18, 2018.
Mr. Napoli has over twenty years experience as a C-level technology executive driving corporate growth and performance. He is an effective communicator who has revitalized organizations, teams and personnel throughout his career. After achieving success at Datavantage and Micros-Retail, Mr. Napoli went on to build up other companies including BrandMuscle, Inc., and INSIGHT2PROFIT, Corp., where he has worked since 2012. The Board endorsed Mr. Napoli based on his strong connections to the Cleveland business community and passion for the Cristo Rey Network®. “In addition to truly having a heart for this work, Chaz’s experience and skills will connect with our school, and our Corporate Work Study program in particular, to industries that we know hold future promise for our students,” said Board chair Dominic Perry. “In fact, this is a proven model for success with approximately one-third of all Cristo Rey Schools having an experienced business executive as President.”
Regarding his appointment Mr. Napoli stated, “I am honored and excited to continue the incredible work President Clark has accomplished in Saint Martin’s first 15 years. He has created a culture of excellence, and I am dedicated to building on our school’s mission and vision of transforming urban education in a city that I love. I appreciate Saint Martin’s unique combination of academic programming and innovative corporate work study model that has attracted the investment of over 130 Corporate Work Study partners throughout our region.”
Mr. Napoli is a graduate of St. Ignatius High School and the University of Notre Dame. He and his wife have five children and reside in Shaker Heights.
Founding President Rich Clark, will remain on the Board of Trustees focusing on longer-term strategic initiatives and fundraising, while supporting Mr. Napoli as he transitions into a new role.
About Saint Martin de Porres High School
Founded in 2003, Saint Martin de Porres is a Catholic co-educational high school located in the St. Clair-Superior neighborhood of Cleveland and is a member of the national Cristo Rey Network of schools. Saint Martin has a student body of 400 students in grades 9-12, all of whom are from families of limited economic means. Our school delivers a distinctive approach to education that equips students with the knowledge, character, and skills to transform their lives. From freshman year, Saint Martin establishes a culture of high-expectations by blending rigorous academics, four years of professional work experience, Catholic moral values, and support for students to and through college. The school’s alumni base is over 700 men and women, many of whom were the first in their families to attend or graduate from post-secondary education.
About the Cristo Rey Network
The Cristo Rey Network comprises 32 Catholic, college preparatory high schools for underrepresented urban youth. Through rigorous academics, coupled with real world work experience, Cristo Rey students graduate high school prepared for success in college and in life.