McCarville steps into new role at Xavier High School in Cedar Rapids

Catholic Foundation of Southwest Iowa begins search for new executive director

Catholic Foundation of Southwest Iowa Executive Director Chris McCarville has been named President of Xavier High School in Cedar Rapids effective July 15.

The search for a new executive director for the foundation will begin immediately.

McCarville steps into the new role as the school transitions to a second year of a President-Principal model of school governance, a model used by 60-75 percent of secondary Catholic high schools according to the National Catholic Education Association.

"I'm incredibly grateful for the support I received from the Catholic Foundation of Southwest Iowa's Board of Directors," McCarville said. "Our success in recent years truly has been a team effort. I'm confident the 'Vision 2027' strategic plan we developed will lead to even better and more impactful days for the Catholic Foundation of Southwest Iowa."

McCarville has served as the executive director of the Catholic Foundation of Southwest Iowa since August 2016. The CFSWIA is an independent organization promoting a legacy of giving and support primarily in southwest Iowa. The foundation manages assets of more than $80 million that are invested in funds that are in accord with Catholic principles.

Dennis Purdum, who leads the foundation as vice chairman, said, "Chris McCarville has done a remarkable service in leading the CFSWIA to ongoing expansion, thus assisting all of the entities the foundation serves. He will be greatly missed."

Prior to coming to Des Moines, McCarville was the director of Institutional Advancement for Holy Family Catholic Schools in Dubuque. He also served Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas as the director of Constituent Relations.

McCarville is returning to Xavier, where he served six years at the high school in multiple roles including teacher, assistant athletic director, head of theology department and associate dean of students.

McCarville holds a bachelor's degree in history from Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids and a master's degree in educational leadership/principalship from the University of Northern Iowa.