Dr. Michael Carey was named the third president of Cardinal Hayes High School, effective July 3, the Bronx school announced.
Carey succeeds Father Joseph Tierney, who served as president since 2004 and was appointed administrator of St. Gregory the Great parish in Harrison and St. Vito-Holy Trinity parish in Mamaroneck.
“Cardinal Hayes continues to represent the best of Catholic education,” Carey told CNY. “It’s always been a well-respected school. The school produces excellent people.”
Carey comes to Cardinal Hayes after 13 years at Manhattan College in the Bronx, serving most recently as associate vice president and dean of students. He was a psychologist in private practice for 20 years. He began his career as a teacher at Fordham Preparatory School in the Bronx, his alma mater.
Carey earned a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie before receiving master’s degrees in clinical psychology from San Francisco State University and in business administration from Manhattan College. He received a doctorate in psychology, specializing in clinical psychology, from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.
“As president, one of Dr. Carey’s key roles is working with the development team, alumni and friends of Hayes to solicit grants and gifts. However, given the psychological effects of Covid-19 on our community, for example, the potential for increased levels of stress and anxiety, I think he is especially well suited to help address those concerns,” said Eugene Harris, chair of the school’s board of trustees, in a press release from the school.
Cardinal Hayes, an all-boys school that opened in 1941, enrolled 940 students in the 2019-2020 school year. In recent years, graduating seniors are being consistently accepted into the college of their choice at rates better than 95 percent.
“The job they do here and the commitment of the faculty, they love the students and the mission of the school,” Carey said.
Carey is waiting to learn if students will fill the halls and classrooms in September.
“We’re hopeful like every other school that we can open,” he said. “It’s important to us and the community to have Hayes open. The structure and the emotional and social pieces are important to 14 to 18 year olds. Health and safety comes first.”