Jesuit High School in Southwest Portland has appointed Khalid Maxie as the school’s 12th principal. Maxie, who will start in the new post July 1, currently serves as Jesuit’s vice principal of academics and student life, and has worked in administrative roles at the school for the last decade.

A search committee led a national search for Jesuit’s next principal. Giving advice were the national search firm Educational Directions and consultant Melissa Ulum.

Committee members said all applicants had outstanding backgrounds, and the pool included geographic, racial and gender diversity. Four finalists visited Jesuit’s campus in April and met with various constituents.

“After thoughtful and prayerful discernment that included input received from members of our school community who participated in this process, it is my immense privilege to announce that Khalid Maxie has been appointed as the twelfth principal of Jesuit High School and will assume his duties on July 1,” said Thomas Armorer, Jesuit’s president.

Maxie previously was vice principal and dean of students and security. He also was summer session director 2013-2019. He is a member of the board of trustees’ finance committee and the diversity, equity and inclusion committee.

Maxie led recent initiatives in accreditation and the development of Jesuit’s school improvement plan. He co-led the community-wide mascot input and evaluation process.

“I am overcome with joy and gratitude for the appointment to principal,” he said. “I am looking forward to partnering with my colleagues in this sacred vocation while serving our students.”

Maxie will continue as vice principal of academics and student life until July 1.

“This is an exciting inflection point in Jesuit’s history as we move our institution forward and chart its bright future,” said Arndorfer.

Maxie is married to Theresa, a 1997 Jesuit graduate. The couple have two children.

Jesuit was founded in 1956. It has an enrollment of almost 1,300. The mission is to educate “men and women for others.”