Dear Visitation Community:
I am pleased to announce Terence “Terry” Murray has been selected as Visitation Academy’s new Upper School Principal effective July 2019. As you know, our Upper School Principal Search Committee, with help from Carney, Sandoe & Associates, embarked on an exhaustive nationwide, multi-step search and interview process this past November; a process that narrowed the field to three exceptional finalists. Over the first two weeks of March, each candidate toured the school and met with various members of our community. A huge thank you to all of you who attended these sessions and provided your valuable feedback.
It was extremely important to find an individual that possessed the right combination of qualities to lead our Upper School. To be considered for this position, there was an expectation and requirement that the individual be a practicing Catholic and have ample experience in secondary education. In addition, we wanted someone who is a dynamic, forward thinking, visionary, courageous, decisive, and unbiased leader and will apply these traits daily to provide structure, growth, and foresight to the stellar academic and extra-curricular programs already in place. We have found that in Terry.
Terry is thrilled to be joining the Visitation family, expressing the following when he learned of his selection as Upper School Principal, “I am honored to be chosen for this position and am eager to become part of the Visitation community. Visitation will allow me to connect my faith life to the work I do with students, parents and faculty as they each shape their own Visitation experience.”
Terry had a connection to Viz long before he applied for the Upper School Principal position. Both his mother and aunt graduated from the Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, so he was surrounded by our school’s culture and history – right down to the Viz crescent – his entire life. Terry comes to us from Dallas, Texas, where he has been serving as Head of Upper School for The Hockaday School, an independent, college preparatory day and boarding school for girls. He is a true champion of empowering young women with the knowledge and leadership skills needed to realize their individual potential.
While his career path took him to Texas, Terry received a Bachelor of Arts – History/Education and Master of Arts – Urban Affairs from Saint Louis University. His impressive 27 years of experience includes varied roles at Mary Institute St. Louis Country Day School (MICDS), most recently as Dean of Students. He also held a teaching position in the History Department and served as Head Coach, Men’s Soccer and Director of Summer School during his tenure at MICDS. Terry got his start in education at St. Louis University High, teaching, coaching and serving as a class moderator.
For Terry, the decision to move back to St. Louis was very much a family decision, and it is one he, his wife Colleen and their three children, MaryClare (12), Charlie (12), and Joseph (8), are delighted about. “My family and I are looking forward to returning to St. Louis and reconnecting with family, friends, and of course the Cardinals. I am excited to work together with the Viz community to build on the school’s strong foundation and promote its continued growth.”
Terry is an experienced administrator who understands independent and Catholic schools both here in St. Louis and nationally. It is evident that he understands our central mission and vision to create a platform where we help our young women, “be who they are and be that well in order to give glory to the divine artist whose handiwork we are.” His entire career has been dedicated to this pursuit, and he repeatedly showed that during his visit with us. We look forward to his arrival this summer.
I am excited to partner with Terry and look forward to working together to achieve the critical goals and objectives of the school’s strategic plan:
- Embrace inclusive Catholic Salesian community;
- Celebrate Viz’s unique identity;
- Enrich educational spaces; and
- Enhance financial strength and sustainability.
Please join me in welcoming Terry and his family to our Visitation family.
Head of School