St. Rita High School proudly announces the appointment of Ed Leiser, ‘04 as Director of Admissions. Leiser has served as the Director of Alumni Relations for the past two years and assumed concurrent responsibilities as Assistant Director of Admissions in fall, 2012. Most recently, Leiser was named Interim Director of Admissions in May, succeeding longtime director Craig Ferguson. Previous to his return to St. Rita, he worked in event planning and marketing for local CBS Radio affiliate Fresh 105.9. Leiser was among 30-plus candidates who expressed interest in the position.
Leiser is a life-long Beverly resident, a graduate of St. John Fisher grade school, and an avid Notre Dame fan. As a student-athlete at St. Rita he was a member of the National Honor Society, an altar server and a peer minster. He played football and ran track for the Mustangs for 4 years. His leadership skills were honed early as a twice-elected student council member and two-year captain of the Varsity Track and Field team, including a state-qualifying relay.
Leiser’s dedication to St. Rita, work ethic in the classroom and on the playing field, and deep faith earned him the adulation of his Ritamen classmates who voted him Mr. Mustang for the Class of 2004. Upon graduation, he matriculated to Illinois State University, where he earned a BA in Public Relations in May, 2008. While at ISU, he was a Dean’s List honoree and a co-director at WZND radio in Normal.
Known for his unbridled enthusiasm, high energy and passion for all things St. Rita, Leiser states, "I am thrilled beyond words to become the new Director of Admissions at St. Rita--a place I have called home since my freshman year back in 2000. I love this school and I cannot wait to get going on bringing in the next great generations of Ritamen to our wonderful school." President Ernie Mrozek echoes the new director’s excitement, saying, “Ed Leiser is the perfect choice to be the Director of Admission at St. Rita. His knowledge of the school and of our feeder schools, his unrivaled passion for St. Rita and his leadership skills will serve our Augustinian mission well. He is a terrific role model for our young men to emulate.”