President

Rev. James R. Flynn, O.S.A. 

 

Rev. James R. Flynn, O.S.A. assumed the role as the third president of Malvern Preparatory School on July 1, 2012.

In his role as President, Father Flynn is responsible for the direction of Malvern Prep’s spiritual program in the Upper and Middle schools, while also being active in the School’s counseling and fundraising efforts. Fr. Flynn has been a leader at Malvern Prep for more than 25 years, serving as Head of School from 2006 to 2012 and Assistant Head of School from 1997 to 2006.

Father Flynn grew up in Southwest Philadelphia, and from an early age, he dedicated himself to the pursuit of knowledge and coming closer to God. He attended Most Blessed Sacrament Grammar School and traces his affiliation with the Augustinian Order to his high school days at Augustinian Academy on Staten Island, NY. He was received into the Augustinian novitiate of Our Mother of Good Counsel in New Hamburg, NY, in 1964 and professed simple vows as an Augustinian in September 1965.

He earned a bachelor of arts in philosophy from Villanova University in 1969, a master of arts in theology from Washington Theological Union in 1973, a master of arts in the teaching of mathematics from Villanova in 1976, a master of arts in formative spirituality from Duquesne University in 1992 and a master of arts in educational leadership from Villanova in 1999.

Father Flynn has held a number of notable positions within the Order, both in the areas of education and administration. He began his teaching career at Malvern Prep, teaching mathematics and theology from 1973 to 1980. Father Flynn then served as the Prior of Our Mother of Good Counsel Novitiate in Lawrence, MA and later taught mathematics and theology at Austin Preparatory School in Reading, MA.

In 1988, Father Flynn returned to teach at Malvern Prep. Since then he has also held the roles of Math Department Chair and Dean of the Middle School. From 1997 until his appointment as Head of School, Father Flynn was Assistant Head of School. He is also a member of the Malvern Prep Board of Trustees.

During his distinguished career at Malvern, Father Flynn has worked to uphold the Augustinian mission of the School. Through faith, experience and compassion, he has successfully helped Malvern to balance the needs of each individual with those of the many. While dedicated to the pursuit of Veritas (Truth), Father Flynn has made Unitas (Unity) a very real part of the Malvern education.

Father Flynn has been instrumental in bringing people together at Malvern, developing successful programs such as MECO (Malvernians Encountering Christ in Others), the senior retreat weekend that he, along with Fr. Terry Hyland, O.S.A., introduced in 1975. In addition to his service to the Malvern community, Father Flynn has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Villanova University, serving as Secretary of the Board. He has also been a Trustee of St. Augustine Preparatory School in Richland, NJ.

Former Presidents

Mr. James. H. Stewart, President 2006-2012

On May 30, 2006, Malvern Preparatory School’s Board of Trustees, with the full support of the Augustinian Order’s Province of St. Thomas of Villanova, announced that James H. Stewart, then Head of School, had accepted its nomination to be President of the School. Mr. Stewart officially assumed the office on July 1, 2006. Mr. Stewart, who had been a Spanish teacher at Malvern since 1970, the Assistant Headmaster since 1975, and the Head of School since 1990, succeeded the late President Rev. David J. Duffy, O.S.A.

As President, Mr. Stewart oversaw the Business Office, the Admissions Office, the Development office, the Diversity Office, as well as the Head of School, acting, in essence, as the chief executive officer for Malvern Prep, and taking on duties previously assigned to the chairman of the board.

In his 42 years of service to the School, Mr. Stewart demonstrated a tremendous level of dedication to the students and families of Malvern Prep. He pushed Malvern to focus unquestionably on academic rigor, while offering a balance of spirituality, service, fine arts, athletics and extracurricular programs. Mr. Stewart also ensured that Malvern has remained committed to its Augustinian heritage and its values of truth, unity and love.

As an educator and as an administrator, Mr. Stewart believed building a strong parent-teacher-student relationship is critical in the education of Malvern Prep students. He developed the idea of the “Triangle of Success” to illustrate this philosophy, noting that Malvern’s success and the success of the students would not be possible without well-developed lines of communication between parents, teachers and students.

In addition to teaching Spanish at Malvern, Mr. Stewart held the positions of Dean of Students, Dean of Studies, Assistant Athletic Director and Athletic Director. Between 1975 and 1990, he served as Assistant Headmaster. In 1990, the Board of Trustees appointed him Headmaster (a title that changed to Head of School in 1997). Mr. Stewart retired as President in June 2012. However he currently teaches Spanish at Malvern Prep.

Mr. Stewart earned a bachelor of arts in Spanish from LaSalle University in 1965, a master of arts in Spanish from Middlebury College in 1968, a master of arts in educational administration from Villanova University in 1980 and a Pennsylvania Principal Certification. He is a 1961 graduate of Monsignor Bonner High School.

Mr. Stewart has also dedicated his life to helping young men outside of Malvern. Since 1963 he has served as the C.Y.O. Football Coach at St. Dorothy’s Grade School in Drexel Hill, PA, and in 2003, he was elected to the C.Y.O. Hall of Fame, as well as the Monsignor Bonner Hall of Fame.

For their faithfulness and loyalty to the Augustinians, Mr. Stewart, and his wife, Mary, who passed away in 2004, were affiliated to the Order of St. Augustine on May 3, 2004, at a special ceremony. Affiliation is the highest honor the Order can bestow upon a person outside of the Order, in recognition for outstanding commitment to and support of the mission and ministry of the Order.

Mr. Stewart is a lifelong resident of Drexel Hill. He and his wife raised four children, Jim, Teresa, Matt and Beth Ann. Mr. Stewart is also blessed with five grandchildren.

Rev. David J. Duffy, O.S.A. '48, President 1990-2006

Father David Duffy was born on February 24, 1931, in Philadelphia, PA, the son of William J. Duffy and Genevieve Colvey. He attended St. Laurence Parish Elementary School in Upper Darby, PA. He began high school at West Catholic High School in Philadelphia and completed the last two years of high school at Malvern Prep. Upon graduation in 1948, he went to Augustinian Academy in Staten Island, NY, for a year of post-graduate studies before being received into the Order as a novice. After his novice year at Good Counsel Novitiate in New Hamburg, NY, he professed first vows September 10, 1950, and he studied at Villanova University, graduating in 1953 with an AB in Philosophy. He attended Augustinian College in Washington, DC, for his four years of theological studies. He professed solemn vows September 10, 1953, and he was ordained a priest on February 9, 1957 at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. His first assignment was to Villanova University as instructor of theology (1957-1958). He was then assigned to the newly-opened Monsignor Bonner High School in Drexel Hill, PA, where he served from 1958 to 1966 as a teacher of English and Religion, and from 1966 to 1971 as Principal. He then served as a Province Counselor from 1971 to 1973.

Father Duffy then returned to the place where he said that he had first heard and responded to his Augustinian vocation, Malvern Prep. It was at Malvern that he spent the rest of his life, first as Headmaster (1973-1990), and then as President (1990-2006). During the 32 years of his dedicated ministry at the School, he is credited with helping resolve the School’s financial difficulties and with helping the School grow from an enrollment of 250 students to nearly 600 students. Under his leadership and with the help of a dedicated Board of Trustees, qualified faculty and active alumni, the academic reputation of the school grew to be one of the top college preparatory schools in the region. Father Duffy oversaw the completion of new buildings, the beautification of the campus and its playing fields, and was actively involved in the capital campaign to endow the future of the School. In appreciation, the School had already decided to honor him with The Rev. David J. Duffy, O.S.A. Center for the Arts, which is a tribute to him as alumnus, Headmaster, President and Augustinian. Father Duffy was also involved in the guidance of other academic institutions, serving on the Boards of Trustees for St. Thomas University, Villanova University, Merion Mercy Academy, Waldron Mercy Academy, and Saint Augustine’s Preparatory School.

It is estimated that over 2500 students have passed through Malvern during Fr. Dave’s tenure. He worked with faculty and staff to inculcate Augustinian ideals into the hearts and lives of these young men.

Father Duffy passed away on January 9, 2006. James H. Stewart, former Malvern President, said, “Father Duffy’s influence and love for the people of the Malvern Prep community is immeasurable. This School that exists today is directly a result of his vision and leadership. We are all grateful to him for that commitment, but more than anything we will all remember him for his friendship, his fellowship and his faithfulness. Father Duffy was a blessing to us all.”

Our Mission

An Augustinian School,
Catholic and Independent,
Living the Augustinian spirit of
Veritas, Unitas and Caritas.

Malvern Preparatory School

418 S. Warren Avenue
Malvern, PA 19355
(484) 595-1100
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