La Salle High School Welcomes Mike Overbey as Inaugural President
The La Salle High School Board of Limited Jurisdiction, with the recommendation of the Presidential Search Committee and with the support of Archbishop Schnurr and Superintendent Gibbons, has appointed Mr. Mike Overbey, Class of ’91, as the inaugural President of La Salle High School. “I am honored and extremely excited to come home to serve as the President of La Salle High School I look forward to serving my current, former, and future Lasallian Brothers and the entire La Salle community,” Overbey said.
The appointment closes a months-long search launched by the Board this past fall. Mike Overbey, an alumnus of La Salle High School, currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent and Chief Operating Officer of West Clermont School District and returns to his alma mater with 28 years of experience in both Catholic and Public education. Overbey’s breadth of experience and passion for mission-driven education made him a natural fit to lead efforts to sustain and enhance the vision of a Catholic Lasallian education in the Cincinnati region.
As President, Overbey will be tasked to navigate the rising demands facing education in our communities. As the chief executive officer, Overbey will oversee the school’s growth and overall vision, nurture and navigate funding opportunities and relationships, maintain the financial integrity of the institution, and continue to advance the Always Be facilities initiative. Serving as an external relations advocate while also orchestrating effective organizational leadership internally, Mr. Overbey will be charged with continuing to provide excellent education and expanding college and career readiness opportunities for La Salle’s students alongside the principal, who serves as the leader of teaching, learning and student-centered practices. Current Principal, Aaron Marshall says, “We are so excited to have Mike join us. His background and experience make him a perfect fit to be our president. I look forward to working with and supporting Mike as he leads La Salle High School into the future,” Marshall noted.
Overbey was a teacher and coach for ten years before entering school administration, where he excelled in roles at school districts across Cincinnati. He played a key role in the levy campaign which led to the renovation of Wyoming Middle School, which was also a recipient of the National Blue Ribbon School Award under his leadership. While at Anderson High School, the school was awarded the Ohio Department of Education Momentum Award which recognizes schools that enhance student growth through targeted programs supporting the successful advancement of gifted students and those with disabilities. While at West Clermont, Overbey led efforts to seek alternative funding for student safety and wellbeing, which resulted in grants totaling over $1.5 million in awards. Overbey graduated from La Salle High School in 1991 and earned his Bachelor’s degree at Wittenberg University and Master’s degree at Xavier University, where he has taught as an adjunct professor in their College of Education. He and his wife, Amy, and their three daughters are parishioners at St. John Fisher Church in Anderson Township.
The La Salle High School Board announced the adoption of the President+Principal Model in the Fall of 2022 and appointed a Search Committee chaired by Matthew Birck ‘95. The Committee executed a robust search, which attracted candidates from across the country. The committee solicited the involvement of alumni, faculty, staff, parents, and Archdiocesan leadership. According to Search Committee Chair, Matt Birck, “the committee quickly recognized Mike’s lifelong commitment to education and his effective professional leadership. Further, his creative and innovative approach in partnering with the community to provide resources that enhance the student experience are well suited for success at La Salle. Pairing these traits with the fact that Mike is a La Salle Alumnus himself, we were fortunate and excited to identify a perfect fit to serve as our Inaugural President!” Birck continued by thanking the entire La Salle community “for their continued patience and trust to allow us to select the best candidate to advance the identity and mission of La Salle High School.” Overbey will continue to serve in his role at West Clermont before starting full-time at La Salle High School on June 1st. The Board of Limited Jurisdiction has begun the undertaking of transitioning the organizational structure and administration in collaboration with current leadership.