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Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School Names Camille Naughton Next President
  Posted: 6/4/2019

June 4, 2019 (Atlanta, GA) – The Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School Board of Trustees announced today that Camille Naughton has been named the second president of Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School to be effective July 1, 2020, when Deacon Bill Garrett retires after serving as the founding president. Naughton, Vice President of Advancement and Corporate Partnerships, has been with Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit since the school was founded in 2013, previously serving as Vice President of Advancement.


Naughton expressed her thanks for the appointment, “Due to the strong leadership of Bill Garrett, Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit has enjoyed an unprecedented level of success in its first five years. I am honored that the Board has selected me to continue Bill’s legacy and lead the school into maturity.”


“I look forward to working with our Board of Trustees, Principal Dr. Diane Bush, our dedicated faculty and staff, our 134 innovative corporate partners, our generous donors, and all those in the Atlanta community who want our remarkable students to benefit from an elite Jesuit education while gaining corporate experience to ensure their success in college and in life.”


Naughton was selected as president after a national search to fill the post. Her appointment was announced by Board Chairman Dave Sewell. “The Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit Board of Trustees has unanimously and enthusiastically agreed that Camille Naughton is the best possible choice to lead the school.”


“Camille is a true leader and understands Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit in a very personal way, having been an instrumental team member since the school was founded,” Sewell remarked. “She passionately endorses the high standards of the college prep curriculum and the innovative Corporate Work Study experience. Camille has a vast knowledge of the metro Atlanta business community which will help ensure the success of Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit into the future.”


In her most recent role as VP Advancement and Corporate Partnerships, Naughton directed the Corporate Work Study Program working with 134 corporate job partners and fostering relationships with metro Atlanta CEO’s and company supervisors while also leading the fundraising efforts of the school. Naughton raised over $30M in just 14 months for the school’s 2016 capital campaign exceeding the goal of $25M. Additionally, she has been responsible for raising more than $2M in annual operating funds, securing over $4M annually in Corporate Work Study fees, growing the Endowment Fund, grant writing, and special events.


Naughton succeeds Deacon Bill Garrett who led the school since its beginning. Garrett successfully built a college prep high school in the heart of downtown Atlanta that specifically serves students of limited economic means. He drew in corporate partners from Atlanta’s business community to employ students through the school’s innovative work study program; grew the school from 164 freshmen in 2014 to a full high school of 515 students in four grades; persuaded Atlanta developer and philanthropists, Jim and Janet Cumming, to donate the office building in which the school resides; established a robust endowment to ensure the financial stability of the school; and oversaw its first two graduating classes with 100% college acceptance.  


Naughton brings a strong history of fundraising and relationship building to the role as she previously held the position of Director of Development for Christ the King School in Atlanta. She successfully completed a $5M capital campaign and increased operational donations fourfold during her tenure there. Naughton has also held positions as Director of Government Affairs for the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, and Legislative Aide in the U.S. House of Representatives. 


Naughton sits on the Metro Chamber Board of Advisors, the Central Atlanta Progress Board of Directors, is a member of the Atlanta Junior League, and is an American Enterprise Institute Leadership Network alumna.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University and is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from the University of Notre Dame.  Naughton and her husband Tim live in Buckhead and have two children, Mac and Clare.


About Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School

Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School is a Catholic learning community that educates young people of limited economic means, of any faith or creed, to become men and women for and with others. Through a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, integrated with a relevant work study experience, students graduate prepared for college and life.

About the Cristo Rey Network

The Cristo Rey Network provides a quality, Catholic, college preparatory education to young people who live in urban communities with limited educational options. Our mission is clear – college success for Cristo Rey Network students. Member schools utilize a rigorous academic model, supported with effective instruction, to prepare students with a broad range of academic abilities for college. Cristo Rey Network schools employ an innovative Corporate Work Study Program that provides students with real world work experiences. Every student works five full days a month to fund the majority of his or her education, gain job experience, grow in self-confidence, and realize the relevance of his or her education. Students work at law firms, banks, hospitals, universities, and other professional Corporate Partners.


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