Cristo Rey Jesuit board elects Posoli as new president

February 24, 2015

HOUSTON — The Cristo Rey Jesuit Board of Trustees, with the approval of the Provincial of the U.S. Central and Southern Province of the Society of Jesus, voted to elect Paul Posoli to be the second President of Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School of Houston, effective immediately. 

Posoli who had been serving as interim president since July 1, 2014, after founding President Father T.J. Martinez stepped down from the position to battle stomach cancer. Father Martinez passed away late November that same year.

“He has a rich history with the school that predated his appointment as interim president,” said Brian Branda, chairman of Cristo Rey Jesuit Board of Trustees, in a statement. “A long-time volunteer, teacher and supporter, Paul’s dedication to the school and its mission have been extraordinary.” 

Before taking the leadership role at Cristo Rey Jesuit, Posoli spent 20 years in the energy field, most recently responsible for JP Morgan’s Global Natural Gas, Power and Coal Trading division as a managing director. Prior to JP Morgan, he served as president of Bear Stearns’ energy business and president of Calpine Energy Services. He began his career as a CPA at Coopers & Lybrand.

Posoli is a graduate of Jesuit High School in Tampa, Fla. He earned his MBA from Kellogg Business School at Northwestern University, and his Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of Miami.

“As interim president, his leadership has energized students, parents, faculty/staff and the school’s leadership team,” Branda said. “He has been an inspiration to all of these groups; tirelessly encouraging them in the pursuit of academic excellence and the Ignatian ideals of faith and justice. All have been moved by Paul’s strong commitment to the Jesuit vision of forming men and women for others.”

Posoli is married to Joy and they have three children, Matthew, Isabella and Michael. For more information about the school, visit