Sister Joan Fitzgerald, BVM
Sister Joan Fitzgerald, BVM, has led Xavier as Principal from 1974 through June 2016 and now as Xavier's first President, effective July 1, 2016. Sister Joan received a Bachelor of Arts from Mundelein College in Chicago, Illinois and a Master of Arts from Arizona State University.
Since Sister Joan became principal, Xavier has gained a reputation as a Community of Faith that has reached excellence in academics, athletics and the arts. Xavier has received many accolades: being named a Blue Ribbon School three times, selected for the Catholic High School Honor Roll three times, winning the Siemens Award for the best Advanced Placement program in Arizona and received the Blue Cup for outstanding athletics and activities program in Arizona. Sister Joan received the Elizabeth Seton Award for Leadership to Diocesan Schools, the Ministry Award from the Diocese of Phoenix, and the National Catholic Education Association’s Secondary Education Award.
Sister Joan has served as a member and president of the Diocesan School Board, member and president of the Diocesan Pastoral Council, member of Brophy College Preparatory Board of Regents, president of the 5A Conference of the Arizona Interscholastic Athletic Association, member of the North Central Association State Committee, Arizona State Committee for Teacher Certification, the America West Airlines Education Foundation Executive Board, and was a member of the committee to implement the high school religion curriculum framework from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.