by DeLaSalle | | Headlines

Congratulations to DeLaSalle President Barry Lieske, AFSC, who has been selected as the recipient of the Minnesota Independent School Forum (MISF) Leadership Award for 2020. 

“Barry is a stalwart at and for DeLaSalle, as well as all independent schools in the state,” reads part of Lieske’s nomination. “The historic mission of the school has been thriving for decades because of Barry’s vision and leadership. Barry is as student centered a leader as one can find.”

MISF was scheduled to present Lieske with the award at its Private and Independent Education Awards ceremony on April 26, but the event was postponed due to a prohibition on large gatherings in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The MISF bestows its Leadership Award on those school administrators who possess the following attributes:

  • Instill passion in themselves and the people with whom they work.
  • Bring innovative ideas forward and to fruition
  • Be regarded as demonstrating highest integrity and ethical behavior
  • Understand how to help move change forward in an organization by effectively communicating with key internal and external stakeholders to help them understand, and participate in, the change process.
  • Advocate for the importance of private/independent education in Minnesota

Lieske is the longest-tenured employee in the 120-year history of DeLaSalle. Prior to becoming president in 2012, he served as principal at DeLaSalle for 19 years – 27 years at the upper levels of administrative leadership at DeLaSalle. Previously, he served as Dean of Students, Director of Guidance Counseling, and Athletic Director.  He was also a successful varsity coach of two athletic programs and a longtime Student Council moderator.

The MISF supports independent and parochial schools throughout Minnesota.  Founded in 1976, the organization has provided financial assistance for grants for technology and other programs, support for administrators and teachers, and resources, connections, professional development, and expertise to its member schools.  Lieske served two terms on the MISF Board of Directors. 

Whether behind the scenes or from the center stage spotlight, Lieske has worked tirelessly to positively impact thousands of students and families in his 41-year tenure. DeLaSalle congratulates Lieske for this recognition and thanks him for his decades of leadership and commitment to our community.