De La Salle welcomes new president

By: Maria Allard | Warren Weekly | Published October 16, 2020

 Larry Rancilio

Larry Rancilio

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WARREN — “Welcome home,” was the message Larry Rancilio received when, on Oct. 5, he began his role as De La Salle Collegiate president.

Rancilio, who graduated from the all-boys Catholic High School in 1986, was recently named the school’s fifth president.

“This is a dream position for me. This, to me, is home,” the new president said. “I want to use my final 15 to 20 years of work life to make a difference and create a lasting impact. De La Salle is the ideal place to do something meaningful, to give back and influence the next generation.”

Rancilio’s selection was confirmed by Brother Dennis Lee, F.S.C., the provincial/visitor for the District of Eastern North America.

“The District of Eastern North America is very pleased to confirm the Board of Trustees nomination of Mr. Larry Rancilio as the school president and to appoint him to this position,” Brother Dennis said in a prepared statement. “The members of the District’s Ministry Corporation and Leadership Team have been impressed by this alum’s love of and dedication to his alma mater. We are confident that he will bring leadership with conviction and vitality, while listening with eager attention to all members of the DLS community. 2020 has been a very challenging year throughout the entire world and locally at DLS. We are grateful for all the ways that Mr. Rancilio will unite stakeholders, insist on excellence and provide an atmosphere of utmost respect for all God’s children.”

As president, Rancilio said he will provide leadership, work to sustain a strong enrollment and make sure resources are available to the school’s staff and students.

“The experience we have for these kids is a fully Christian environment that really includes the core principles of a quality education,” Rancilio said. “My job is to bring people together and make sure we’re all rowing the boat in the same direction. Parents and alumni, they want a school that is unified and something they can be proud of.

“My parents were educators and believed that education and faith are the foundation to a great life,” he said. “I had a strong Catholic upbringing where God and the Church, Catholic schools, and family were extremely important. Those values have carried over to my adult life.”

Rancilio already has met many of the school’s families, teachers and staff, adding he thinks it’s best for him to “do more listening than talking.”

The St. Clair Shores resident grew up in Detroit and attended Our Lady Queen of Peace Grade School in Harper Woods before starting at DLS.

Rancilio’s class of 1986 was the first class to attend DLS at its new home when, in 1982, the school moved from its Detroit location to 14600 Common Road in Warren.

“De La Salle has meant so much to me. It’s been a big part of my life,” Rancilio said. “This school shaped a lot of who I am. They certainly were my formative years. It prepared me for any institution I was going to go to.”

Rancilio’s connection with DLS continued after he graduated. He has served on the Board of Trustees, as Board Chair and as a coach with the school’s athletic programs. He was also an active parent when his sons, Nicholas (class of 2014) and Ben (class of 2018) were DLS Pilots. In addition, Rancilio has served the Christian Brothers as a ministry board member for DENA.

Rancilio attended Columbia University, in New York City, where he was active in campus ministry, and he also coached Catholic Youth Organization basketball in south Harlem. His sons attended Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic School in Grosse Pointe Woods.

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