Interim president of De La Salle North Catholic High School is Ashleigh de Villiers, an administrator and fundraiser at the school on Portland’s north side for the past eight years.

She steps in for Oscar Leong, who departs after four years. He has planned a return to California. A national search for his re-placement is underway.

“We are extremely pleased to have a talented leader in Ashleigh de Villiers to ensure a seamless transition for our school community,” said Mike Yonker, incoming board chair.

De Villiers has served as the vice president for advancement at De La Salle for six years and has worked at the school since 2014. She led the $26 million capital campaign and has recruited dozens of donors and business partners during her tenure.

“Ashleigh is highly respected by the De La Salle North staff and faculty. We are thrilled she is stepping into this role," said Yonker.

Leong helped the school search for a new location, negotiated a long-term partnership with St. Charles Parish in Northeast Port-land, oversaw a $26 million capital campaign and facilitated the campus relocation.

“When Oscar first started as president, the lease on our school building was expiring and we didn't have any solid leads on a new location,” said D.J. Widmer, outgoing chairman of the De La Salle North Catholic board of trustees. “And now look at the school: We have a 100-year partnership with St. Charles and a beautiful new campus. Now that the school is literally on solid ground, we extend our gratitude to Oscar for his dedicated service and leadership, and wish him the very best as he returns to his family in California."

With the new campus, which features a new school gymnasium, cafeteria and renovated classrooms, enrollment is expected to grow from approximately 275 to more than 400 students in the next several years.

The college prep school includes a one day per week work experience through its Corporate Work Study Program.

The new president will focus on growing student enrollment and Corporate Work Study partnerships while leading and develop-ing the school's faculty and staff.

Meanwhile, Maria Cabrera has been named interim principal. She began at the school in 2011 as an English teacher and was promoted to vice principal in 2014 and most recently has served as a Spanish teacher.

“I have worked in schools for over two decades, and my approach has always been that of a warm demander: having high expectations, consistently supporting others in meeting those expectations, and clearly communicating and following through along every step of the process,” said Cabrera.

Deirdre Perkins, vice principal for academics, is new to De La Salle North as of July. A California native, Perkins was a high school teacher.

“What first drew me to De La Salle North was its unwavering commitment to its students,” Perkins said, adding that the school “dares to dream the biggest dreams for each and every student, and brings the community together to help them get there.”

Opened in 2001, De La Salle North Catholic is unique in the Pacific Northwest and the only college preparatory high school in the Portland metro area dedicated to serving students living in low-income households. The school provides opportunities to students from the Portland area who would not otherwise have access to a reliable, rigorous education.

Students at DLSNC attend class four days per week and work for a local company one day each week.

De La Salle North Catholic is sponsored by the Christian Brothers.