Mater Dei appoints new president


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Donald Galante, a resident of Little Silver, was appointed as the new president at Mater Dei Prep.

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The Mater Dei Board of Trustees recently selected Galante, who has a professional career in finance and has 35 years of management experience, according to a press release from Mater Dei.

“Don received the unanimous support of the board and we welcome him to our community,” said Randy MacDonald, chair of the Mater Dei Board of Trustees.

Meanwhile, the board continues its search for the position of a Head of School, which is  currently filled at the Middletown school by John A. Anderson in an interim role.

“This additional layer of governance will allow the Head of School, as Chief Academic Officer, to be intensely focused on our central mission – the delivery of a superior curricular and extra-curricular experience for our students to maximize their potential and gain acceptance to the colleges of their choice,” said Mr. MacDonald.

Galante spent his career at financial companies  such as Citibank, MF Global, Dresdner Bank, and Barclays Bank. He held the positions of chief operating officer and chief investment officer at multiple firms.


“For the past 56 years Mater Dei Prep has had a rich history of preparing young adults for college and beyond,”  Galante said . “I am extremely excited and motivated to take on this role as president and help lead Mater Dei Prep into its next chapter.”

Galante is also involved in the community in Monmouth County.

He has served  as an elected official in Little Silver for 15 of the past 17 years and is the committee chair for the Municipal Advisory Board to the Monmouth County Board of Taxation. He is a founding board member of the Monmouth County Crime Stoppers and has
served as a board member and head of the Audit Committee for the Community YMCA in Monmouth County.

Galante also sat on the Advisory Board to the Love School of Business at Elon University in North Carolina for seven
years and has done work with the Raise Hope Foundation to open career opportunities on Wall Street to disabled veterans.
Mr. Galante and his wife, Mandy, a former Monmouth County Teacher of the Year, have been married for 34 years and have resided in Little Silver for the past 31 years.

“Don has been an important and respected community leader in Monmouth County,”  MacDonald said. “His
leadership style of collaboration and teamwork will elevate Mater Dei Prep’s brand and accomplishments.”

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