Robert B. Alesi '78

Robert B. Alesi, who was appointed the second President of Xaverian High School in the fall of 2009, is an alumnus of Xaverian’s Class of 1978 and is currently serving in his 41st year as an administrator and teacher.

Bob, a veteran teacher in Xaverian’s Mathematics and Business and Computer Science departments, was appointed Principal in 2007 and served in that role for two years until his appointment as President. Bob has served the school as Principal of the Summer School, Department Chairperson, Guidance Counselor, and Dean of Students. In addition to his academic responsibilities, Bob coached basketball for 21 years in the competitive Brooklyn-Queens Catholic High School Athletic Association.

Bob’s tenure as President of Xaverian has seen many successes, including the increasing of overall academic standards for incoming students, the successful implementation of a fully 1:1 computing environment wherein each student is equipped with an iPad, and the launching of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program implemented through a partnership with Project Lead the Way.

As an educator within the Xaverian Brothers Sponsored Schools network of 13 schools in the United States, Bob was the recipient of the Theodore James Ryken Educator of the Year Award in 2004, as well as a recipient of the St. Francis Xavier Award for service to the community, also in 2004. In 2011, Bob was presented a Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa by St. Francis College.

Bob served on the Board of Directors of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney, Maryland, and is a member of the Cathedral Club of Brooklyn.

Bob received an M.B.A. from the Lubin Graduate School of Business at Pace University in 1983 and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Wagner College in 1981.

Bob was born and raised in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, and attended St. Thomas Aquinas Elementary School. He currently resides in the Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish on Staten Island with his wife of 30 years, Jeanne, a teacher at Our Lady Star of the Sea Elementary School on Staten Island, and daughter Jamie, who recently completed her Master’s Degree in Advanced Physician Assistant Studies from Wagner College and is employed in the Emergency Services Department of Staten Island University Hospital.


Established in 1957, Xaverian is one of thirteen schools nationwide sponsored by the Xaverian Brothers.