MILWAUKIE — Andrew Kuffner, a product of Portland Catholic education, has been named new principal of La Salle Prep.  

La Salle Prep's vice principal of academics for a dozen years, Kuffner attended Holy Cross School, Central Catholic and the University of Portland. He is now pursuing a doctorate in education at U.P. He will begin his new post this summer. 

La Salle Prep president Denise Jones made the announcement "with great confidence and a spirit of gratitude." The announcement came after a nationwide search. 

"He has demonstrated his personal understanding and commitment to our students," Jones said in a letter to La Salle Prep families. "Ever present to our students, Andy may be found across the table playing chess with a member of the chess club, on the sidelines cheering for our student athletes, applauding a performance on the stage or leading a Journey retreat."

Kuffner was a leader of the teams that boosted the science, technology and math program at the school and that founded Signum Fidei, which welcomes students with learning differences. Earlier, peers voted Kuffner Lasallian Educator of the Year.

"It is evident Andy leads with a servant heart," Jones wrote.

“First and foremost, we are a community of faith, believing that each and every one of us is called by name to join in this work," Kuffner said. "I feel a deep sense of commitment to the mission of La Salle, animated by the students, educators and community, while anchored by knowledge and trust in God’s abiding presence and blessing.”

Kuffner replaces Tom Dudley. Jones thanked Dudley for his service.