Eileen Boyce has been named principal at Mother McAuley High School in Chicago's Mount Greenwood community. She is the first alumna to be named principal. | Supplied photo
Updated: August 2, 2014 6:13AM
A familiar face at Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School will serve as the new head of the all girls academy, starting July 1.
Eileen Boyce, an alumna of the class of 2003, has been named principal of the Mount Greenwood school. She is the first former student to be named to the top spot and has been an assistant principal at the school since 2012.
“McAuley is a special place, and I’m very pleased and honored to be chosen to lead our young women during this exciting time of change and exploration in their lives,” Boyce said in a media statement. “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’s unanimous selection follows a nationwide search for a new principal by the school’s search committee. Since coming to Mother McAuley, she has directed the school’s AdvancED accreditation process, co-chaired the Academic Council, oversaw the implementation of the Strategic Academic Plan and created the 1:1 iPad program.
As principal, Boyce will serve as the chief operations officer, overseeing the staff, students and curriculum for the school, and report to the president.
“I’m thrilled that one of our own, raised and educated in the Mercy tradition, will assist in fulfilling the mission and vision for McAuley” said school President Mary Acker Klingenberger. “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.”
Boyce grew up on the South Side and attended Saint Catherine’s grade school in Oak Lawn. She is one of five sisters who attended Mother McAuley. After high school, she graduated with a bachelor’s of arts in elementary education from Saint Mary’s College of Notre Dame and earned a master’s of arts degree in educational administration from Saint Xavier University. Boyce began her teaching career at Saint John Fisher grade school in Chicago’s Beverly community.
In 2012, Boyce received the Nicholas Iosue Outstanding Teaching Award.