Archbishop Murphy has new president

EVERETT — After months without a permanent president, Archbishop Murphy High School in Everett finally has a new leader.

The board of trustees unanimously voted in Robert Graby, vice president of develop­ment at Seattle Preparatory School in Seattle. He is scheduled take over for interim president Thomas Lord in July.

“One of my highest priorities is to maintain and strengthen the Catholic identity of the school,” said Graby, 62. “That’s very important.”

Within the first year of his three year contract, Graby also wants to help the school develop a strategic plan.

Graby was president of Seattle Prep from 1996 to 2001, before switching roles to lead a $15.3 million capital campaign.

“He is exactly the right person to lead this school into its next phase of growth and development,” Principal Kris Brynildsen-Smith said. “He knows the Western Washington community and he has served very successfully and effectively as a Catholic high school president.”

Archbishop Murphy’s president position was formed last year to oversee the Catholic school’s administration, planning, budgeting, community relations, fundraising and trustee relations.

The school’s first president, Deacon Patrick Moynihan, was fired in October after just three months on the job. The board of trustees cited significant differences over management and leadership in its decision to terminate his contract.

The board began searching for a new president in January. The search committee interviewed four applicants and invited Graby and Ron Edwards, principal of Central Catholic High School in Portland, Ore., to the school to meet the community earlier this week.

Graby and his wife are already house hunting in the Everett area. They have a 21-year-old daughter and an 18-year-old son.

“Good people like this are not easy to find — and that’s a little bit scary when you go out into the marketplace,” said Tom Kelly, chairman of the board. “To have Dr. Graby come, we’re very excited that he can start the process of bringing us all together and moving forward.”

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