Brother Bob Steps Down at Messmer

Sad news, because Brother Bob Smith is one of the true advo­cates not just for school choice because his school ben­e­fits, but because he hon­estly wants to make the per­sonal futures of his stu­dents better.

His lead­er­ship will be missed, but his health con­cerns are very real.  Get well soon.

Brother Bob Smith, long­time pres­i­dent and CEO of Mess­mer Catholic Schools, announced his res­ig­na­tion Thursday.

Smith has had com­pli­ca­tions after under­go­ing neck and spine surgery three years ago and indi­cated he now faces fur­ther surgery, the head of the three-campus, 1,600-student insti­tu­tion said in a let­ter to stu­dents and their fam­i­lies, fac­ulty, staff and alumni.

This was a deci­sion that did not come eas­ily,” Smith said.

At the same time, it is impor­tant that I fol­low the advice I have given to oth­ers, and in con­sid­er­ing every­thing, it is best to make this change now.”

Smith, a mem­ber of the Fran­cis­can Order of Capuchins, was appointed prin­ci­pal of Mess­mer High School in 1987 and CEO of Mess­mer Catholic Schools in 1995.

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