Board of Trustees Appoints New President
The Board of Trustees of Mater Dei Prep (MDP) is pleased to announce the appointment of Donald Galante as President of the school. Mr. Galante brings 35 years of management experience to his new role, where he will focus on strategy, development, direct marketing, finance, operations, and community engagement.
“Don received the unanimous support of the board and we welcome him to our community,” said Randy MacDonald, chair of the Board of Trustees. While Mr. Galante assumes the role of president, the board continues its search for a Head of School – a position currently filled by interim head John A. Anderson.
“This additional layer of governance will allow the Head of School, as Chief Academic Officer, to be intensely focused on our central mission – the delivery of a superior curricular and extra-curricular experience for our students to maximize their potential and gain acceptance to the colleges of their choice,” said Mr. MacDonald.
Mr. Galante spent his career at financial companies including Citibank, MF Global, Dresdner Bank, and Barclays Bank. He held the positions of chief operating officer and chief investment officer at multiple firms. As a chief operating officer, Mr. Galante was responsible for operations, accounting, technology, human resources, facilities, compliance, risk management and marketing, all skill areas he will utilize in his new role as president of Mater Dei Prep.
“For the past 56 years Mater Dei Prep has had a rich history of preparing young adults for college and beyond,” said Mr. Galante. “I am extremely excited and motivated to take on this role as president and help lead Mater Dei Prep into its next chapter.”
In addition to his career accomplishments, Mr. Galante embodies the service mindset at Mater Dei Prep. He has spent many years as a volunteer in his community, serving as an elected official in Little Silver, where he lives, for 15 of the past 17 years. Mr. Galante is the committee chair for the Municipal Advisory Board to the Monmouth County Board of Taxation. He is a founding board member of the Monmouth County Crime Stoppers and has served as a board member and head of the Audit Committee for the Community YMCA in Monmouth County. Mr. Galante also sat on the Advisory Board to the Love School of Business at Elon University in North Carolina for seven years and has done important work with the Raise Hope Foundation to open career opportunities on Wall Street to disabled veterans.
Mr. Galante and his wife, Mandy, a former Monmouth County Teacher of the Year, have been married for 34 years and have resided in Little Silver for the past 31 years.
Mr. Galante said he has noted the great admiration people have for Mater Dei Prep and he looks forward to getting to know more students, parents, faculty, staff and alumni. On Saturday, November 18 at 8AM Mr. Galante , Mr. Anderson and members of the administration will hold a coffee to meet our future parents during the Placement Test.
“Don has been an important and respected community leader in Monmouth County,” said Mr. MacDonald. “His leadership style of collaboration and teamwork will elevate Mater Dei Prep’s brand and accomplishments.”
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