MOUNT GREENWOOD — Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School has selected Eileen Boyce — a 2003 graduate of the all-girls, Catholic school — as its new principal.
Boyce becomes the first alumna to be named principal of the school at 3737 W. 99th St. in Mount Greenwood.
“My own time as a McAuley student grounded me and prepared me well academically and spiritually. I feel fortunate to be part of providing those same amazing opportunities to our young women and leaders of tomorrow,” Boyce said in a press release.
Boyce joined Mother McAuley in 2012 as assistant principal. Since returning to the school, she's lead the academic council, directed the implementation of the strategic academic plan and created the school's iPad program, which puts Apple's tablet computers in the hands of all freshmen and sophomores this August.
Boyce starts her new job on Tuesday. As principal, she'll serve as chief operations officer, focusing on faculty, staff and curriculum development. She'll also oversee student life, technology and guidance counseling for Mother McAuley's 1,200 students.
She replaces Claudia Woodruff, who announced her retirement at the end of the 2013-14 school year. Woodruff worked at Mother McAuley for 30 years as a teacher and administrator. She served as principal for three years.
Boyce reports to and is accountable to the president, Mary Acker Klingenberger — a 1975 graduate of Mother McAuley.
“I’ve witnessed firsthand Eileen’s leadership style and initiative. She truly exemplifies how a McAuley education challenges and empowers young women to not only rise to the occasion, but to the top of their profession,” Klingenberger said.
Boyce attended Saint Catherine of Alexandria School in nearby Oak Lawn. She has one brother and is one of five sisters who attended Mother McAuley.
After her high school graduation she attended Saint Mary’s College of Notre Dame, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education. She lives in southwest suburban Orland Park.
"Eileen’s teaching career was the best preparation for her role as principal,” says Sister Jean McGrath CSJ, principal of Saint John Fisher. “In many ways, her new role is an extension of her classroom experience, as she’ll continue to guide and prepare young women to pioneer new and exciting paths in their education and beyond.”
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