The President's Circle

Celebrating a Vibrant Community

Donors to Ursuline Academy making gifts of $5,000 or more in one year become members of The President’s Circle.

Each year in the spring, members of The President’s Circle gather for a special dinner to celebrate a vibrant Ursuline community. Donors and volunteer leaders are recognized for their Serviam spirit and commitment to the future of the school.

President Circle Giving Levels

$15,000+ Platinum
$10,000 Gold
$5,000 Silver

President's Circle Dinner 2017: UA On Track for Tomorrow

The annual President's Circle Dinner was held on April 28, 2017 at Union Station, celebrating the Ursuline mission, past, present, and future. Guests participated in a special "whistle stop tour" to learn more about how Ursuline is implementing its strategic roadmap. Mrs. Mary Fox was named recipient of the 2017 President's Award. View the event program and photo album.

More About Mrs. Mary Fox

With a lifelong passion for Catholic education, Mary Fox has been extraordinary in her support of the Dallas Catholic community. Her enduring commitment to excellence in Catholic schools including Ursuline Academy has also expanded scholarship opportunities for hundreds of deserving students.

Born in Appleton, Wisconsin, Mary Ellen Hagen moved with her family to Dallas in 1950. She completed her college education at Southern Methodist University in 1952. She met her future husband, David Fox, shortly after that. They married in 1954 and raised five children - Laura, David, Michael, Kevin, and Amy.

Over 49 years of marriage, Mary was an enthusiastic partner to David as they engaged in a wide range of civic and philanthropic activities. They were active in three parishes, Mary Immaculate, Christ the King, and St. Monica. The family's Ursuline legacy has spanned two generations, beginning with daughters Laura Fox Williamson '73 and Amy Fox Pugh '79, followed by four of Mary's granddaughters - Sarah Williamson '09, Mary Clare Pugh '10, Sylvia Fox '10, and Kate Williamson '15.

Since David's passing in 2003, Mary has carried forward that indelible spirit of generosity of and service. Organizations benefiting from her volunteer leadership include the University of Dallas, Inner City School Fund, Stewards of St. Peter, Vocation Guild, Angels of Charity, Knights of Malta American Association, altar Society at Mary Immaculate, and Ursuline Academy.

An avid fan of nearly every sport, Mary can quote statistics for all her favorite teams. She is especially fond of the Mavericks, and has held season tickets since the first season in 1980.

President's Circle Dinner 2016

Supporters came to campus at Ursuline on Friday, May 6, 2016, for the annual President's Circle Dinner. Celebrating Excellence in Teaching, the program featured a video presentation followed by 20-minute "mini classes" to give guests a first-hand experience of 21st century teaching at Ursuline. Pat Brown O'Brien '52 and Neil O'Brien were named recipients of the 2016 President's Award. View the event program and photo album.

President's Circle Dinner 2015

Ursuline supporters gathered at the Dallas Museum of Art on Friday, May 8, 2015, for the annual President's Circle Dinner. Guests toured the museum, which featured student art, and participated in teacher-led interactive art experiences. Victoria Pitts Lattner '69 and Douglas Lattner were named the recipients of the 2015 President's Award. View the event program and photo album.

President's Circle Dinner 2014

The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum was the venue on April 10, 2014, for the annual President’s Circle Dinner. Guests toured the museum and also had the opportunity to hear from two panels — alumnae speaking on global citizenship and students and teachers sharing their Serviam experiences. The Staubach Family was named recipient of the 2014 President’s Award. View the event program and photo album.

President’s Circle Dinner 2013

Held at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science on April 12, 2013, the annual President’s Circle Dinner was themed UAre Here. Guests visited student STEM exhibits and demonstrations stationed throughout the museum. President Gretchen Kane presented the 2013 President’s Award to Susan Hayes Raffo '74. View the event program and photo album.

President’s Circle Dinner 2012

The Belo Mansion was the site of Ursuline's annual donor recognition event on April 13, 2012. Sister Margaret Ann Moser gave the President’s Tribute, presented the 2012 President’s Award to Mary Lee and Fritz Duda, and introduced her successor Gretchen Kane. Performing arts education was the evening's theme, with keynote remarks by Shana DeSouza Druffner ’85 and performances of the combined Ursuline Student Choirs. View the event program and photo album.

President Circle Dinner 2011

Ursuline supporters gathered on May 6, 2011, at the Biblical Art Museum in Dallas for the annual President’s Circle Dinner. Dr. John McConnell, Chief Executive Officer of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and campaign co-chair, was keynote speaker. Members of the Facing the Future Capital Campaign Cabinet were honored as recipients of the 2011 President's Award.

President Circle Dinner 2010

The 2010 President's Circle Dinner on May 7, 2010, was part of a day-long celebration of Dedication for the new French Family Science, Math, and Technology Center. Donors heard remarks from Melinda French Gates '82, Co-Chair and Trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The 2010 President's Award was presented to The French Family: Ray and Elaine French, Susan French Burkhardsmeier '81, Melinda French Gates '82, Raymond J. French, and Steven French.

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The President's Award

Established in 2004, the President’s Award is presented each year at The President's Circle Dinner to recognize an outstanding volunteer for extraordinary leadership and Serviam spirit in support of Ursuline Academy and excellence in education for young women.


  • Mrs. Mary Fox (2017)
  • Pat Brown O'Brien and Neil O'Brien (2016)
  • Victoria Pitts Lattner '69 and Douglas Lattner (2015)
  • The Staubach Family (2014)
  • Susan Hayes Raffo '74 † (2013)
  • Mary Lee and Fritz Duda (2012)
  • Facing the Future Campaign Cabinet (2011)
    • Kevin Bartholomew
    • Sherrye Bass
    • Deborah Carson
    • Joe Coleman
    • Barry Drees
    • Robert Elder
    • Michelle Marlow Fojtasek '84
    • Roger Hirl
    • John Landon
    • Earl Latimer
    • Vicky Pitts Lattner '69
    • Wes Loegering
    • Dr. John McConnell
    • Michael Mutek
    • Pat Brown O'Brien '52
    • Neil O'Brien
    • Janet Liese Medlin '75
    • Jack Pratt
    • Jake Schroepfer
    • Alice Rodriguez
    • Karen Livesay Shuford '66
    • Trudy Wright
  • The French Family (2010)
    • Ray and Elaine French
    • Susan French Burkhardsmeier '81
    • Melinda French Gates '82
    • Raymond J. French
    • Steven French
  • Lee* and Sally Posey (2009)
  • Win Bell (2008)
  • Mary Emma Ackels Karam ’72 (2007)
  • Eugene Vilfordi (2006)
  • Mike Goodall (2005)
  • Bill Perley (2004)

* In memoriam