Ludden Alum Returns As Development Director

| January 20, 2012

Gallagher Driscoll

By Claudia Mathis

Bishop Ludden has always been a special place for Gallagher Driscoll, a 1988 graduate of the school. Driscoll said his mother, a single parent, made terrific sacrifices to send him and his siblings there after his father passed away when he was 6 years old. “I can’t thank my mother enough for giving us the opportunity to develop into good students, athletes and people,” he said.

After graduating from the College of St. Rose in Albany in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in political science, Driscoll served as an
administrative analyst for the City of Syracuse Parks Department. A former Ludden basketball standout, he began his coaching career in 1995, serving as an assistant coach for the men’s basketball teams at Le Moyne College, SUNY Albany and Loyola College. Driscoll’s career took a different direction last July when he took on the position of director of development at Bishop Ludden Jr./Sr. High School, where he also teaches. “I’m passionate about this place,” he said. “I like seeing kids succeed and having a good high school experience — just like I did.”

Driscoll said his biggest goal in his new position is to increase enrollment at Ludden, which currently has 320 students in grade seven to twelve. He plans to accomplish that by telling everyone about the “exceptional faculty, staff and administrators at the school,” as well as the safe environment, academic courses and strong athletic program.

He also hopes to continue to build upon Ludden’s alumni database. “We lean heavily on our alumni,” said Driscoll, who acknowledged that the sustainability of the school relies on the support of its graduates. “We have a very strong, proud alumni base, and we keep them involved as much as we can.”

One way the school makes the alumni feel welcomed and appreciated is LuddenFest, a fun-filled weekend held in the fall. The event offers a chance for alumni, students and parents to gather for a homecoming football game, tailgating, a 5K walk/run, and tours of the school.

“It was important that they had a good time,” said Driscoll of the successful event in 2011. “And, it was an opportunity to make sure I answered alumni questions about our program and how things have evolved since they last walked the halls of Ludden.”

A parishioner of St. Patrick’s Church, Syracuse, Driscoll credits his faith for playing a large part in his position as director of development. “Everything always works out, and you have to believe that things are going to be OK,” he said. “I’m grateful for the opportunity that has been given to me to help Ludden continue to be strong and to continue to grow.”

Claudia Mathis is a staff writer for the Catholic Sun.

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