February 15, 2017
Dear Members of the Ursuline Community,
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am excited to announce the appointment of Dr. Trisha Medeiros, Ed.D. as Ursuline Academy’s sixth president, effective July 1, 2017.
With more than 20 years of experience in education, Trisha is joining us from Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, Princeton, NJ, where she has been the Head of Upper School, Founder & Director of Stuart Center for Girls' Leadership, and teacher of Social Justice and Ethics. At Stuart, her leadership has touched all areas of the school including curriculum development, strategic planning, enrollment, financial sustainability and faculty professional development. During her tenure, Upper School enrollment grew by 19%, achieving one of the highest total enrollment levels in Stuart’s 52-year history. Among many other accomplishments, Trisha envisioned and secured funding to launch the Stuart Center for Girls’ Leadership, which focuses on the empowerment of the next generation of female leaders.
“Central to Trisha’s Stuart successes is her dedication to our Sacred Heart Goals and Criteria - values identical to those of Ursuline Academy. Trisha is both a strategic thinker and a highly effective communicator,” reflected Dr. Patty Fagin, Head of School, Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart. “Shortly after arriving at Stuart, she assessed the need to capitalize on our strengths in educating girls for leadership and to bolster programming in finance and technology. Her excitement and well-articulated vision for cutting-edge offerings in these areas has garnered significant (six-figure) gifts for STEM, leadership and financial literacy in just three short years. These gifts have funded teacher training, support for new courses and clubs, and the development of signature experiences for our girls in each of these areas.”
Prior to joining Stuart, Trisha spent 10 years locally at Tower Hill School where she held numerous roles culminating in Assistant Head of Upper School. Additionally, she served as assistant college counselor, teacher, dean of students, and coordinator of community service. Trisha also worked at New York University and Pepperdine University. Trisha earned a Masters in Information Science from Rutgers University and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Delaware.
“Having lived in Delaware for over a decade, I well knew Ursuline’s powerful reputation for developing confident, young scholars who make a significant difference in the world. Within moments of a recent visit to campus, one characteristic was abundantly clear – Ursuline pride is everywhere,” says Medeiros. “After spending time with multiple constituencies of the Ursuline team, it is evident that all share a passionate commitment to educate to the ideals of St. Angela’s ministry, empowering students to make their imprint on our world. I am honored to become part of this extraordinary community in service to this profound mission.”
This ideal appointment is the culmination of an intensive and inclusive national search process supported by Carney, Sandoe & Associates, which involved representation from the entire school community over the fall and winter. In multiple focus groups with parents, students, faculty, administration, alumnae, and trustees and almost 300 responses to the Online Search Survey, you expressed your hopes for the next president: someone who will be a powerfully visible presence in the community; a thoughtful and compassionate listener with a strong love of young people and the ability to steward and mentor outstanding faculty; an approachable leader with a passion for educational excellence; and a drive for continued excellence and innovation in every thing we do.
“We’re not surprised about the enthusiastic feedback we received from all who met Trisha. Being tremendously impressed with her qualifications and accomplishments, and her superb match with what the school community told us, every single member of our search committee felt that she would be a perfect fit to be our next powerful leader,” commented Maritza Poza-Grise, board member and chair of the search committee.
Trisha will assume leadership of Ursuline Academy in its 124th year, following the successful tenure of Cathie Field Lloyd ’70, who will retire after 10 years of service. Under Cathie’s leadership, Ursuline increased the depth of its global education program with Ursuline sister schools from around the world, expanded its leadership program, initiated an Innovation Center in partnership with 1313 Innovation and the University of Delaware Horn Program, and breaks ground this spring on a new Student Life Center.
Trisha is perfectly suited to take our prominent institution to its next level of excellence.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I’d like to thank the entire Ursuline community for your engagement, support and guidance in this search process. I also want to express our gratitude to the Search Committee, Maritza Poza-Grise, Karen Brinn, Mardee Cool ‘86, Debbie Hurd, Brendan Kennealey, Amanda Neill ‘95, Ann Valerio and Sister Maureen Welch for their dedicated efforts to find the best next leader for our school.
Please join me in welcoming Trisha and her husband, Norm, and their two children, Ava (12) and Mack (9) to the Ursuline Community.
Board Chair -- Ursuline Academy Board of Trustees