New Principal Announced
Rosemary Beirne is Named the New Principal,
effective July 1, 2018
Mrs. Beirne has extensive experience in education on the high school, undergraduate and graduate school levels.
She has a noteworthy background in journalism as an award-winning reporter, editor and manager.
We value her proven commitment to the Ursuline mission, Serviam, and the educational vision of The Ursuline School.
Rosemary Beirne also brings to the role an attention to data-based decision-making which will further the success of Ursuline students.
On January 8, 2018, President Eileen Davidson announced the selection of our next Principal and stated, “After a comprehensive six-month search process, I am overwhelmingly confident that the wealth of Mrs. Beirne’s experience, skills, and passion are the right combination to take on this leadership role in Ursuline’s next chapter.”
Mrs. Beirne has been on the English faculty at The Ursuline School since 2011. In addition, she has been co-chair of the Strategic Plan Implementation Committee for the past four years. Mrs. Beirne also is a co-moderator of the student-run newspaper, Unison. Her work reveals her passion for the mission of The Ursuline School, to educate, inspire and empower girls to take their place as global leaders for the 21st century.
In addition to her excellent work at Ursuline, Rosemary Beirne is an adjunct instructor in journalism at the Arthur Carter Journalism Institute of New York University, and in The College of New Rochelle Graduate School Division of Communication and Leadership. She also has taught English and journalism at Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains. She holds an undergraduate degree from Fordham University and a master of science degree from The College of New Rochelle.
Before joining Ursuline in 2011, Mrs. Beirne was an assistant managing editor at Newsday in Melville, Long Island, where she supervised Long Island news staff covering breaking and enterprise news. In various news editing capacities, her work has been recognized with journalism awards. She also has been an award-winning reporter and editor at the Gannett Newspapers in Westchester.
“People often ask me about the unusual career path I have taken in my life,” shared Mrs. Beirne. “From reporter to editor to educator, wife and mother, I have walked many roads. Yet they have all been marked by a passion for teaching, and for learning. Whether mentoring young reporters or helping young women navigate their sometimes stressful school years with confidence, I have always believed there can be no greater mission than this. Strategic initiatives now underway at Ursuline will mean even more enrichment of our classroom programs as we embrace exciting changes in pedagogy. I am so grateful to be a part of what we will develop.”
The naming of a new Principal follows a six-month search. The process employed by the Search Committee of trustees, alumnae, current parents, and faculty included on-campus meetings for finalists with faculty, staff, and students.
Rosemary Beirne will officially begin her responsibilities as Principal on July 1, 2018. We are extremely fortunate that Carol Killebrew is very capably in the role through the remainder of this school year before she joins her husband, who has already relocated. Ms. Killebrew will be able to ensure an extremely smooth transition with the enthusiasm and creativity that are her trademarks.