The announcement of Barb McMullen’s retirement last fall launched a nationwide search to find a qualified replacement. After an in-depth, five-month process, the Viz community is thrilled to have found Mr. Terence “Terry” Murray to fill the role of Upper School Principal. Terry hit the ground running in July 2019, and is quickly settling into his new position.
Terry understands independent and Catholic schools on a national level and locally here in St. Louis having worked for both Mary Institute St. Louis Country Day School and at St. Louis University High School. His mother and aunt graduated from the Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, so he already has a first-hand knowledge of Viz history and culture. He also understands what it’s like to be the male leader of an all-female school given his recent position as Head of Upper School at The Hockaday School, an independent, college preparatory day and boarding school for girls.
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.
Terry, his wife Colleen, and their three children, MaryClare, Charlie, and Joseph are happy to be back in St. Louis. His daughter MaryClare is joining the Viz Middle School as an eighth-grader this year. Welcome to Viz!