President and CEO of Damien Memorial out over conflicts with his leadership style

President and CEO of Damien Memorial out over conflicts with his leadership style
Wes Porter is out as the president and CEO of Damien Memorial School. (Image: Hawaii News Now)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The president and CEO of Damien Memorial School is out after the institution’s owners cited conflicts in leadership style.

In a news release, the Members of the Corporation of Damien Memorial — the legal entity that owns the school —said that it had become “apparent” in recent months that former school President Wes Porter’s “style of leadership at Damien Memorial was in direct conflict with the school’s mission as an Edmund Rice Christian Brother school.”

Brother Raymond Vercruusse, chairman of the members, thanked Porter for his service.

“We wish him well as he moves on from this role, and we wish him every success in his future endeavors," he said.

Porter was named as president and CEO of Damien in April 2016. He previously served as a lawyer in the U.S. Justice Department.

In his place, the members have appointed Brother Brian Walsh to serve as the school’s president, effective immediately. Walsh was described as a career educator.

In the news release, the members also said it had changed the school’s governance model, dissolving the Damien Memorial Sponsor Council and removing the chairman of the board of directors.

“These measures have been taken following an unsolicited and inexplicable move by the board chairman to separate Damien Memorial from the governance of the Christian brothers,” the news release said.

Damien students return from winter break next week.

The school is part of the Edmund Rice School Network, a consortium of Catholic schools around the world.

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