Leadership at DeLaSalle comes in many forms – from the teachers who instruct students in their classrooms, to the coaches and moderators who prepare their athletes for competition, to the administrators who oversee day-to-day operations of the school.
Administratively, DeLaSalle operates under a President-Principal model. The President, the chief executive officer, oversees external operations of the school and is responsible for fundraising and hiring of non-teaching staff. The Principal, the chief operating officer, is responsible for day-to-day operations, including hiring academic staff and overseeing the development of the school’s curriculum.
Interim President Patrick Felicetta
Our new interim president, Patrick Felicetta `01, has excelled at multiple levels during his 15-year career at DeLaSalle. As a third-generation Islander and lifelong educator, he is highly regarded in Catholic and Lasallian schools. Patrick began his career as an English teacher before taking on administrative roles as Director of Admissions and Executive Director of Development. Patrick is an ex-officio member of the Board and he has served on the Board’s Finance, Investment, Facilities, and Development committees for several years. He is also a member of the 2022 Strategic Planning Committee that is setting a direction for the next five years at DeLaSalle. He is a graduate of the Buttimer Institute of Lasallian Studies, an intensive Lasallian education and formation program that studies the life, work and spirituality of Saint John Baptist de La Salle and the origins of the Lasallian educational mission. Patrick currently sits on the School Advisory Board at Saint Thomas More and serves as an advisor to several nonprofits. He is well-regarded among DeLaSalle supporters.
Principal Brian Edel
Brian Edel began his tenure as principal of DeLaSalle on July 1, 2022. Prior to DeLaSalle, Brian served 11 years as an administrator at St. Thomas Academy, first as Dean of Students and then as Upper School Director. Earlier in his career, Brian has been a teacher, coach and moderator at schools in Minnesota and Connecticut. His service leadership includes coordinating a prison tutor program while in college, and teaching experiences in both China and New Zealand.
Brian holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science Education from St. John’s University in Collegeville, and a Master of Science in Comprehensive Special Education from Southern Connecticut State University, as well as a Certification of Advanced Graduate Studies in Education Administration from the University of New England.
Brian enjoys travel and is also strongly connected to his home-town roots, hailing from New Prague, MN. He believes in forming strong connections to the communities in which he serves and is deeply invested in students becoming positive contributors in their communities and seeing themselves as part of a global community.