Mercy McAuley High School's Board of Directors, with the recommendation of its Presidential Search Committee and with the support of the Mercy Education Board of Directors, is pleased to appoint Brigitte Foley as President of Mercy McAuley High School, effective October 23, 2023. This appointment comes after a months-long search launched by the Mercy McAuley Board of Directors in the spring of 2023.
“The opportunity to return to Mercy McAuley and empower young women to fully realize their potential and their impact on the world around them brings me an immense amount of pride,” said Brigitte. “I am absolutely honored to work alongside such an amazing team of passionate educators and staff to lead Catholic education into the future. My Mercy education set me up for success, and I’m ready to pass along to our young women just how important it is to take Mercy into the world.”
Brigitte, a 1989 alumna of McAuley High School, has over 10 years of experience in Mercy education, having served as the Managing Director of Advancement at Mercy McAuley High School from 2018 – 2021, and Director of Advancement and Vice President of Advancement at McAuley High School from 2010 – 2018. Most recently, she served as Director of Transformational Giving with United Way of Greater Cincinnati since 2021. Brigitte’s prior experience also includes roles as Director of Development at the Center for Hearing & Speech in St. Louis, MO, and Director of Sponsorships and Grants and Annual Fund Manager at the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis.
As President, Brigitte will serve as the spiritual and administrative leader of Mercy McAuley High School and will be responsible for the overall management of the school, including its development and growth as a member school of Mercy Education. She will play a lead role in furthering the school’s mission, developing long-range strategic plans, guiding enrollment growth, and building relationships with students and families, faculty and staff, alumnae, and members of the Greater Cincinnati community. She will be at Mercy McAuley’s Open House on Sunday, October 29, and meet and greet sessions will be scheduled soon.
“Providing our students with a Catholic, Mercy education of the highest quality remains our top priority,” said Board Co-Chair and 1992 Mother of Mercy alumna Stefanie Ferraris Godbey. “We are confident that Brigitte’s experience and leadership, coupled with her passion for Mercy education, make her the perfect fit to advance our mission of educating young women in the spirit of Mercy now and in the future.”
Brigitte earned her Bachelor of Arts in History and Fine & Performing Arts from St. Louis University, and a Master of Arts in Art History from the University of Notre Dame. She has served as a lecturer and/or teaching instructor in the subject areas of art and art history at St. Louis University and Fontbonne University in St. Louis, MO, and at Chattahoochee Valley Community College in Phenix City, AL.
Brigitte’s commitment to serving the community is evident in her involvement with several community organizations including OneSource Center for Nonprofit Excellence and Jimmy Heath House. She is a board member and chair of the fundraising committee with Mission Partners Guatemala and has served as a Big Sister mentor with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, has coached girls’ soccer, and more.
Please join us in welcoming Brigitte to her new role as President!