NORTH DARTMOUTH – Since opening its doors in 1959 as the first coeducational Catholic secondary school in the Fall River Diocese, Bishop Stang High School has stayed true to teaching strong moral and principled values to young men and women in pursuit of their dreams and ambitions. In accordance with this tradition, the Diocese of Fall River Catholic Schools Office is pleased to announce that James P. Benson, Ed.S., (in photo at right) has been selected as Bishop Stang’s third president since 1994.

Benson currently is the Acting Head of School for DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis, MN, where he has instilled the Gospel values, love of learning, and the respect for all persons as the foundation of the school’s culture over the course of his 17-year career in various leadership roles at DeLaSalle.

“Jim possesses a wealth of experience leading a large, Catholic high school in the Twin Cities,” said Diocesan Superintendent of Schools Daniel S. Roy. “His skills and interests align with the needs of Bishop Stang, which is poised to take the next step as a premier Catholic high school. Understanding the challenges and opportunities facing Catholic education, Jim will bring keen insights, high energy, and deep commitment to the role.”

William Butler, who is a Bishop Stang High School teacher, alumnus, and member of the search committee, commented, “We were blessed to have many extremely qualified candidates express interest in the position. Jim Benson has followed a career path dedicated to Catholic education. His extensive experience as a teacher and administrator in Catholic schools has given him the chance to serve as a leader in all areas of running a school.”

“I am humbled and blessed to be given this extraordinary opportunity to lead such a wonderful institution,” Benson shared. “My roots are in the northeast, and my wife and I believe that it is God’s will that brought me to Bishop Stang. There are so many exciting opportunities for this school, especially with the recent renovations of the Hugh Carney Stadium and STEM labs. Continuous improvement aligned with community partnerships will ensure an even brighter future for Bishop Stang!”

Benson will move to southeastern Massachusetts with his wife, Pam, and four children, triplets, Jack, Megan, and Matt (’20) and son, James (’22). He received his undergraduate degree in Athletic Administration from SUNY College, New Paltz, a master’s degree in Secondary Education and Teaching in English from St. John’s University in New York, and an education specialist degree in Secondary School Administration/Principalship from St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minnesota. A New York City native with family in New England, he is excited to enter into the next chapter of his career at Bishop Stang, where he can focus his energy on the role of president and enable Bishop Stang to take further strides into its bright future.

About Bishop Stang High School
Bishop Stang High School is a Catholic, college-preparatory school called to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ by “making known the goodness of God.” We holistically educate a diverse student body in a respectful, nurturing and disciplined environment. Our school family inspires young people to excel in learning and life through growth in faith, integrity, knowledge and service. For more information, please go to

About the Catholic Schools Alliance
The Catholic Schools Alliance comprises administrators, teachers, staff, parents, and clergy joined in partnership to educate the children of the Diocese of Fall River in Catholic faith and values. Our schools have a demanding educational culture that helps students reach their God-given potential across the academic spectrum. With an emphasis on service and respect for the dignity of every person, we prepare students to meet the challenges of today’s diverse world and become meaningful contributors to society. For more information, please go to

The Most Reverend Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., D.D.
The Most Reverend Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., D.D.
The Bishop of Fall River