Board of Trustees

Guardians of the Ursuline Mission

The Ursuline Academy Board of Trustees is comprised of 21 dedicated professionals including Ursuline Sisters, alumnae, parents of alumnae, and community leaders. The Board focuses on both the current and future needs of Ursuline Academy of Dallas. A board of limited jurisdiction, the Board of Trustees is responsible for policy, rather than programs or procedures. Operating management of the Academy is fully delegated to the President as head of school. Completely strategic in its scope, the Board of Trustees guards and promotes the Ursuline mission, holding fiduciary responsibility for the Academy long term.

Key Board Activities

Planning

Development and monitoring of the Ursuline Academy strategic plan, with approval of all objectives and strategies.

Policy

Formulating and review of policies affecting school life.

Finance

Approval and monitoring of Academy operating budget; approval of limited investment as it relates to the annual operation of the school.

Development

Approval and monitoring of the comprehensive development plan (i.e., capital campaign, marketing, public relations, recruitment and retention, support groups).

Board members represent present and future generations, not specific constituencies; parents of current Ursuline students are ineligible to serve on the Ursuline Academy Board of Trustees.

Standing Committees

  • Executive
  • Trusteeship
  • Finance/Audit
  • Development
  • Mission and Heritage
  • Building and Grounds

Sub-Committees

  • Diversity and Global Education
  • Sponsorship

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Academy Board of Trustees 2018-19

Tom Merkel, Chair
Kevin Bartholomew
Jerry Braun
Sr. Ginger Cirone, O.S.U. '58
Thomas Codd, Jr.
Tony Dieste
Jim Duda
Laura Fox '73
Sr. Diane Fulgenzi, O.S.U.
Belinda Golding
Mary Pat Higgins
Vicky Pitts Lattner '69
Lydia Haggar Novakov '68
Jon Piot
Steven Priddy
Ellen Smith Pryor '74
Patti Ling Pryor '73
Mary Templeton
Mike Terry
Ann Williams
Ana Esteve Yoder '82

Ex-Officio Members

Sr. Adele Brennan, O.S.U., Prioress
Gretchen Kane, President
Sr. Madonna O'Hara, O.S.U., Director of Sponsorship, Central Province
Dr. Andrea Shurley, Principal