The Ursuline School


The Ursuline School invites nominations and applications for the position of President (effective July 2021).  Located in New Rochelle, NY, Ursuline is the area’s premier Girls’ Catholic School. This is a very exciting time at The Ursuline School as it opens a transformative addition of over 11,000 sq. feet of new and renovated educational space, which will further the school’s goal of preparing young women to learn, to lead, and to serve.

The Ursuline School community is rich in history and rooted in the counsels of St. Angela Merici. Founded in 1897 by the Ursuline Sisters, the School is in a network of 105 Ursuline schools located in 38 countries which share a common heritage and vision.  The Ursuline School has a tradition of academic excellence and a curriculum that is intentional, relevant and transformative by design. Graduates possess an extraordinary academic foundation, remarkable leadership skills, a strong moral compass necessary for lifelong learning, civic involvement and global engagement, and are prepared to succeed at highly selective and widely diverse colleges and universities throughout the United States and the world. 

The President exercises vision and creativity in articulating Ursuline’s mission to educate, inspire, and empower young women to learn, to lead and to serve. The President ensures curriculum and program development maintain the school’s academic strength.  The President manages the annual budget and plays an active role in institutional advancement.  The President works closely with the Board on strategic issues and serves as the primary ambassador to the school’s key external constituents – alumnae, parents, donors, corporations, foundations, and a diverse public. 

The successful candidate will be an experienced Catholic leader who can embrace the history and culture of the institution while addressing the challenges and opportunities of a rapidly changing world. The candidate’s administrative background should reflect strong consensus-based decision-making and a clear understanding of the current issues facing girls’ education.  The successful candidate must be able to work collegially and effectively with diverse constituencies and to nurture a joyful connection among them. Candidates must embody the Ursuline focus on the intellectual, spiritual and moral development of young women, and must have the capacity to inspire, motivate, and lead others.  The President should demonstrate a commitment to diversity together with the skills to promote and sustain a compassionate and nurturing community in which each person can feel recognized and valued.  At the same time, the President must keep in balance the academic, spiritual, athletic, artistic, and other needs of students and faculty. The role requires skilled institutional leadership; prospective candidates may have experience in varied career paths such as secondary or higher education, non-profit, or corporate / public sectors.

The Board of Trustees has retained the services of Diversified Search to assist in the search process.  All communications will be treated confidentially.  Nominations, inquiries, and applications (including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of educational philosophy, and the names of five references) should be directed electronically in confidence to 

Kim M. Morrisson, Ph.D., Senior Managing Director

Denielle Pemberton-Heard, Chief Legal Counsel

Peter J. Gillin, Managing Director

MacLean Craig, Vice President, and Senior Associate


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