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Mother McAuley Names New President

Alumna Mary Acker Klingenberger '75 has been named president of Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School.

The Board of Trustees of Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School, and the Education Sponsorship Council of the Sisters of Mercy of the West/Midwest, is pleased to announce that alumna Mary Acker Klingenberger has been named  President of Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School. Mary will assume the role of President on March 4, 2013.

The salutatorian of her class, Klingenberger graduated from Mother McAuley in 1975.  She attended Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN, and holds a master’s of business administration from DePaul University.  Most recently, Klingenberger served as Director of Gift Planning at Hinsdale Hospital.  Previously, she was a regional president for Harris Bank of Hinsdale. Klingenberger is a past member of the Board of Trustees for Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Wellness House, a home offering support and resources for people living with cancer. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Fenwick High School, and King-Bruwaert House, a retirement community. She is a member of St. Isaac Joques parish in Hinsdale.

“Mary will provide the vision and leadership to achieve the fullest attainment of the mission of Mother McAuley,” said Anne Cotter, chairperson of the Board of Trustees. “She is a charismatic leader who demonstrates strong convictions and is committed to women’s education imbued with the Mercy charism and Catholic faith.”

In her role as President, Klingenberger will focus on strategic planning, advancement, alumnae relations, enrollment and financial issues for the entire campus. McAuley’s Principal, Claudia Woodruff, reports to the President.  The President reports to and is accountable to the Board of Trustees.

“I am honored to return home to Mother McAuley High School,” says Klingenberger. “I am so proud of where the school is today and excited about our great future.”

About Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School

Founded in 1956 by the Sisters of Mercy, Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School currently educates more than 1,200 young women grades 9 through 12 and is the largest all-girls high school in the country. McAuley promotes a single-gender education platform that encourages young women to grow in faith, envision their future and discover their talents through a challenging and motivating academic and co-curricular program. Mother McAuley’s tradition of excellence has made it a top choice for all-girls private education in the Chicago area.

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