Mr. John E. Birney



M.A., History, University of Michigan
B.A., History, Lewis University, IL


Mr. Birney is the recently retired President of Brother Rice High School, his alma mater.  He served as Head of School from 2004 through 2016, first as Principal, then as the school’s first President. He worked with the Brother Rice Board of Directors to establish a strategic plan designed to renovate the school’s facility, academic programs, alumni outreach, and fundraising. Mr. Birney taught for two years as a Christian Brother before returning to lay life as a teacher and coach.  John and his wife Kathy currently reside in Leland, Michigan and have two sons who are graduates of both Brother Rice High School and the University of Michigan.