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O’Rourke ’86 named Chairman of St. Pat’s Board of Trustees

Mick O’Rourke ’86 has been elected as the fifth chairman of the Saint Patrick High School Board of Trustees.

O’Rourke, who is the president and CEO of Signature Bank, becomes the first parent to serve as board chairman. He has sent two children to St. Pat’s and also has three brothers who graduated from the Catholic school on the northwest side of the city.

“Serving as the chairman of the board of St. Pat’s is a great honor and an excellent opportunity for me to give back to Saint Patrick High School,” O’Rourke said. “I am particularly indebted to Saint Patrick President Dr. Joseph Schmidt, who was instrumental in my education and assisted me in obtaining a full scholarship to Marquette University through the Evans Scholarship.”

Schmidt, who was the Dean of Students at St. Pat’s when O’Rourke attended the school, said he is thrilled to be working alongside his dear friend to ensure that Saint Patrick remains a viable, quality option for all families.

“We are proud to have Mick serve in this vital role for St. Pat’s,” Schmidt said. “His enthusiasm toward our students and families, and his unmatched desire to see this school flourish for years to come, make him an outstanding fit for this role.”

O’Rourke began serving on Saint Patrick’s Finance Committee shortly after graduating from college and, soon after, joined the Board of Trustees. Prior to being named chairman of the board, O’Rourke served as the chairman for the school’s Admissions and Enrollment Committee, a role in which he helped recruit students to Chicago’s oldest private high school.

Click Here to view O’Rourke’s video introduction.

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