New President Announcement

New President Announcement


May 12, 2017 (Portland, OR) – Central Catholic High School is pleased to announce the hiring of a new president, Colin McGinty. He was appointed to the position by Archbishop Alexander Sample and will assume the role on July 1, 2017.

A native of the California Bay Area, McGinty comes to Central Catholic from the University of Portland, where he has spent the last 15 years. While there, he held multiple roles, all focused on resource development for financial aid, program support, and capital projects. Most recently, he has served as the Associate Athletic Director of Development where he was responsible for leading all fundraising initiatives supporting University of Portland athletics; prospecting, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding donors on special and capital projects. 

McGinty received a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Portland in 1999 and completed a Masters of Business Administration there in 2007. He met his wife, Robbie, while on The Bluff during their undergraduate years. They have two young children, Liam (9) and Rory (2).

“Catholic education has played an enormous role in my life. I have experienced firsthand the impact and role it serves during formative years of a young person's life. Central Catholic High School is a special school and tight-knit community, which is made evident by the incredible pride its alumni share. The commitment the school's faculty and staff have to the development of the students is inspiring. I am honored to have the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing school and community,” McGinty said.

Current President Tony Leineweber '62 commented, "I am excited that Colin McGinty will be the one to succeed me in this role for Central Catholic. He brings to the school critically useful experience and education in the financial and fundraising aspects of what the position requires for success. He has proven abilities and fresh insights with 21st century relevance to lead Central Catholic in its commitment to provide a Catholic education to its students to prepare them for college and life."

Leineweber announced in November 2016 that he would “re”-retire at the end of this school year. He has served as President of the school since August 2015. During his time at Central Catholic, he has refocused the school’s efforts on growing its endowment to $25 million by the year 2020.