Pete comes to Cristo Rey Richmond from Bon Secours Richmond Health System, where in his eleven-year tenure he served in various leadership roles within the Mission Services Division. Most recently, he served as the Vice President for Mission of the Bon Secours Virginia Medical Group. He is active in pastoral ministry in the Catholic Diocese of Richmond and is a Candidate for Ordination to the Diaconate this year. Pete will begin his tenure at Cristo Rey Richmond on January 15, 2018.
Current Board Chair of Cristo Rey Richmond, Alexa Quinn, was excited to announce the decision, stating, "We are so excited to share that Pete will be our founding President of Cristo Rey Richmond and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with him. Pete brings an incredibly diverse background in ministry, corporate leadership, and higher education to this critically important role. From the minute we interviewed Pete, we knew he was just what we needed to create a strong foundation for success here in Richmond.” She added, “His passion for working with the underserved and his record of success at Bon Secours will serve him well as he prepares to assume this critically important role.”
Pete’s interest in Cristo Rey Richmond was driven by his desire to contribute to the transformation of young people’s lives and by the mission of the school, which empowers underserved students to achieve their potential through its challenging academic program and integrated corporate work experience. He believes that, “Cristo Rey Richmond will educate the whole student. It is more than an education; it’s about giving these kids a future filed with promise and hope. I am excited to build a team here in Richmond that lays the foundation to transform our students’ lives and to build a team that works with our stakeholders and corporate partners to eventually transform our region.”
McCourt holds a master's degree in theology from the Washington Theological Union in Washington, D.C. and has completed post-graduate studies in theology and in leadership at the University of Notre Dame.
Cristo Rey Richmond High School
Cristo Rey Richmond is a private independent college preparatory Catholic high school that will educate young people of limited economic means to become men and women of faith, purpose and service. Through a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, integrated with a unique work study experience, students graduate ready to succeed in college and in life. It is part of a national network of 32 schools founded in Chicago in 1996. Cristo Rey Richmond has moved into the former Benedictine High School building on Sheppard Street in Richmond’s Museum District. Students are scheduled to arrive on campus in the summer of 2019 with a projected freshman class of 100 young women and men. A new class will be added each year towards a full capacity of 400 students by fall 2023.