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Jesuit names Thomas Arndorfer as next president

Longtime Nike executive and Jesuit leader will succeed retiring John Gladstone


Tom ArndorferJesuit High School chose an inside candidate in selecting Thomas D. Arndorfer as its 12th president.

Arndorfer, a seven-year member of the Beaverton private school's Board of Trustees, in July will succeed John Gladstone, who is retiring after 11 years at the helm of Jesuit and 49 years in Jesuit education.

Brian Maag, the current chair of the Board of Trustees, said in a news release that their vote for Arndorfer was unanimous.

"Tom was selected because of his exceptional depth of character, passion for the position, and his visionary thinking. He comes to our wonderful community extremely qualified and talented, yet humble and caring." Arndorfer, a longtime executive at Nike, also has played a prominent role in the governance of the 60-year-old school. He has served as chair and vice-chair of the board, as well as chair of committees overseeing finance, nominating and executive functions.

These leadership roles put Arndorfer "in a unique position to demonstrate the qualities that are fundamental to successfully serving in the role of president, as well as to learn firsthand the characteristics that make Jesuit a successful and thriving college preparatory school in the Jesuit tradition," according to the release. "It is a tremendous honor and privilege to have the opportunity to serve as President of Jesuit High School, a community that has meant so much to my entire family and me. I am very grateful to be able to partner with the school's faculty, staff, administration, Board of Trustees, families, alumni and friends to fulfill Jesuit's mission in the years ahead," Arndorfer said in the statement. Arndorfer attended high school at Jesuit High School in Sacramento, Calif., and then graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in accounting.

He started work as a certified public accountant, then earned a master's degree in business administration at Harvard Business School and spent two years as an investment banker before coming to Oregon to work at Nike for the past 29 years.

At Nike, he has served in a number of senior leadership roles in finance, strategic planning and general management. His roles have included Director of Global Strategic Planning, Chief Operating Officer of Cole Haan, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Nike Brand and Vice President and International General Manager of Nike Golf. In the community, Arndorfer also has served on the University of Portland's Board of Regents and the Catholic Relief Services' Board of Directors.

He and his family are active members of Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Lake Oswego. Arndorfer's selection came after a months-long search process with many candidates from around the country.

"Our extensive search process, as well as Tom's unique skill set and talents, confirmed that he has the qualities Jesuit High School needs to lead the school into the future," Maag said. "Among his many talents, he has deep roots in Jesuit education and is committed to Jesuit's Ignatian mission; he is an engaging leader who cares deeply about others including the broader community. He has a proven track record of dynamic, ethical, collaborative, effective and strategic leadership. We are confident that he will build on the successes of our great presidents who have served before him." Arndorfer and his wife, Julie, are parents to Katie, a 2013 graduate, and current students John and David.

Julie Arndorfer also has served Jesuit in many roles, including as co-chair of the Financial Aid Luncheon, co-chair of the Open House, a member of the Development Committee and the Parent Board and as a parent volunteer in numerous capacities. Arndorfer will be officially installed at the Mass of the Holy Spirit held Sept. 16 at Jesuit's Knight Center.