Dr. Tina Reichardt, President of Ursuline Academy, informed the Board that she will complete her term as President at the conclusion of the 2017-2018 school year. Dr. Reichardt has served 42 years in Catholic education in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, and 12 years as the first lay president in the history of Ursuline Academy in St. Louis.
“Catholic education is in my heart and I have immensely enjoyed my time as President of Ursuline Academy. But, to do this job properly takes a significant amount of time, including a lot of time on evenings and weekends. While I do not intend to stop working, I do plan to enjoy more time with my husband and our growing family and life-long friends,” said Dr. Reichardt. “Being part of Ursuline Academy has been a privilege, and I know I am leaving Ursuline Academy with a strong foundation to grow and serve the needs of families well into the future. I wish the very best for the Academy and for the highly-talented and dedicated co-workers, parent volunteers, students and alumnae who I have had the opportunity to work beside over the last 12 years.”
“Dr. Reichardt has provided Ursuline Academy invaluable leadership throughout her tenure. She leaves the Ursuline community with an impressive legacy that will be a challenge to replace. I have enjoyed working with her on many important initiatives and am confident Ursuline is set up for future success. But, before we even discuss a successor, we must put thought into how best to recognize Dr. Reichardt for her tremendous contributions to Ursuline over the past 20 years and for her long career as President of the Academy for the last 12 years. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we are grateful for Dr. Reichardt’s many contributions and leadership, and wish her much happiness in this next chapter of her life,” said Michelle Murray, Chair of the Board of Trustees.
Dr. Reichardt joined Ursuline as a member of the strategic planning team in 1998 and was instrumental in developing The Graduate Profile which is still being utilized today to help students realize the most potential from their Ursuline educational experience, and to prepare them for their future. In 2002, she began her service as a member of the Board of Trustees, and was appointed President in 2006. As President, Dr. Reichardt was instrumental in the 2017 construction of Hartnett Hall, a state of the art STEAM building offering science labs, classrooms, a modern dance/cheer studio, as well as choral and band facilities. Under her leadership she was involved in many strategic initiatives including a strategic planning committee, the creation of a Summer Leadership Academy for 7th and 8th graders, the growth of the Mission Effectiveness Program, new branding for UA, overseeing major renovations of the Performing Arts Auditorium, and the establishment of our Global Education Program which allows students and faculty to take advantage of the 36-country international network of Ursuline schools with the goal of preparing our students of today to be the global leaders of tomorrow.
Throughout most of Dr. Reichardt’s career, she has been active in Catholic education having served on numerous school boards, Archdiocesan committees, high school committees and non-profit boards. She served as a member of Ursuline Educational Services Board, as well as chairperson of the Mission Committee of the newly created Ursuline Education Foundation.
The Board of Trustees will be meeting soon to establish a search committee for Dr. Reichardt’s successor.
Click here to read a personal letter from Dr. Reichardt.