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“The School and the Community: Reflecting and Serving the Neighborhood”

Richard  J. Osborne is president of Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School in the Collinwood/Euclid neighborhood of Cleveland. He is a 1969 graduate of St. Joseph High School, which merged with Villa Angela Academy in 1990, and the University of Cincinnati.

Osborne became chairman of the VASJ Board of Advisors in 2009. Two years later, he was named the school’s president. In his five years as president, the school has enjoyed rapid enrollment and financial growth.

Enrollment is up more than 60 percent over four years ago and is on track to increase again next year. The school also is enjoying record-setting support from its donors. Among the beneficiaries has been the school’s Endowment Fund, which has grown significantly.

Among many other improvements throughout the school, the Founders Chapel has been refurbished, the gym has been renovated, and the Technical Building is being transformed to accommodate an innovative computer education initiative. Osborne has been committed to the success of the neighborhood surrounding VASJ. During his tenure, he has served on the boards of Northeast Shores Development Corporation and Shore Cultural Centre. He also has been a member of the   Advisory Council. The hospital gave him its 2015 Community Service Award.

In what he calls his “previous life,” Osborne was a longtime journalist. In 2007, he was inducted into the Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame. He wrote or edited several regional books and was the author of A Community of Faith (1998), a commemorative publication for the Diocese of Cleveland. Prior to his current role at VASJ, he was publisher and editor of Ohio Magazine.