Mr. John E. Birney

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M.A., History, University of Michigan
B.A., History, Lewis University, IL


John is the recently retired President of Brother Rice High School, his alma mater.  From 2004-2016, John served as the head of school, first as Principal for two years, and then as the school’s first President for the past decade.  John worked with the board of directors to establish a strategic plan that was designed to renovate the school’s facility, its academics, its alumni outreach and fundraising.  The celebration of the school’s 50thanniversary in 2010 served as a unique opportunity to reconnect with thousands of alumni whose awareness and pride in their school’s achievements rose to unprecedented levels.

A native of Birmingham, Michigan, John attended Brother Rice High School before joining the Christian Brothers and receiving his undergraduate degree in History from Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois.  He taught for two years in Chicago as a Christian Brother before deciding to return to lay life as a teacher and coach.  John earned a Masters’ Degree in History from the University of Michigan, married Kathy and returned as an award-winning teacher to his alma mater.  In 1990, John left the classroom to form a business dedicated to computer consulting.  John began work on a Masters’ Degree in Educational Administration before being appointed Principal in 2004.

John has served on the board of directors at Kensington Academy and Brother Rice High School in Chicago for the past ten years and has recently been appointed to the Board of Directors of Angels’ Place, a wonderful organization that cares for developmentally disabled adults.

John and his wife Kathy currently reside in Leland, Michigan where they are enjoying northern Michigan living.  They have two sons who are graduates of both Brother Rice High School and the University of Michigan and who live and work in Chicago and New York.