People Education

Barton announced as president of Cristo Rey Fort Worth College Preparatory

by Press Release, Fort Worth Report
March 6, 2024

Stephen O’Neal, chair of the Cristo Rey Fort Worth Board of Directors, announced today the selection of Dani Ray Barton as President of Cristo Rey Fort Worth College Preparatory (“CRFW”). Ms. Barton previously served as interim president and was the founding Corporate Work Study Director.

“Dani Ray brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her new position as President. Her proven record of success, as evidenced by her leadership of the school’s initial feasibility study and subsequent implementation of its class-leading corporate work study program, is one of the primary reasons Cristo Rey Fort Worth has grown to become a leader among Cristo Rey schools nationwide. We are thrilled to have Dani Ray guide our school into what is undoubtedly a very bright future for underserved Tarrant County students and their respective families,” Mr. O’Neal stated.

Ms. Barton, a graduate of Rhodes College in international business and religious studies, served as an administrator of Memphis Catholic Middle and High School in Memphis, Tennessee, for over 10 years before moving to Texas and taking on the role of CRFW feasibility study director in 2016. She was instrumental in the launch of Cristo Rey Fort Worth in 2018.

Mr. O’Neal further expressed, “The promise of Cristo Rey Fort Worth is being fulfilled. We are grateful for the tremendous support of our many corporate partners in Fort Worth, who provide jobs in which our students can gain valuable work experience and earn a portion of their tuition. We are especially grateful to the individuals, organizations, and foundations who have donated to fund scholarships and help build the school. Without their philanthropy and vision, many Fort Worth students would not be earning college degrees today.”

Cristo Rey Fort Worth is unique to Tarrant County. The school exclusively serves students from underserved families by providing real-world corporate work experience and college-preparatory-level academics to prepare them to graduate from four-year universities as women and men of faith, purpose, and service.

“Our mission is to prepare students for success in college and life. We believe that true success is achieved when our students return to Tarrant County after earning their college degrees, ready to serve our communities and uplift their families’ economic circumstances,” Ms. Barton said. “I look forward to working alongside our talented team of administrators, faculty, and staff as we strive to provide deserving and hard-working students the opportunity to create new futures. I am very grateful for the unwavering support of our donors and corporate partners who make this mission possible, and I am dedicated to meeting the full potential and life changing power of Cristo Rey Fort Worth.”

About Cristo Rey Fort Worth College Prep

Located in Southwest Fort Worth at 2633 Altamesa Blvd., Cristo Rey Fort Worth College Prep provides an affordable college preparatory education to economically challenged students of all faiths, enabling them to become men and women of faith, purpose, and service. Through a rigorous curriculum, integrated with hands-on professional work experience, students graduate ready to succeed in college and in life.

Read all of our “On the Move” updates.

This article first appeared on Fort Worth Report and is republished here under a Creative Commons license. publishes every week.
All of our reporting takes hours of time to curate, research and report news that can impact the work you do!

Your contribution of a few dollars a month will support our reporters, expand our coverage and ensure we continue bringing you timely, relevant nonprofit news!

Support This Site

About the author

Barbara Clark Galupi