Mother McAuley Names Dedicated Alumna and Development Leader as President

Mother McAuley Names Dedicated Alumna and Development Leader as President

After a comprehensive, thorough, and national search, the Board of Trustees at Mother McAuley has named Carey Temple Harrington '86 the school's next President. Harrington will assume the top leadership role at the school at the end of June of this year.

Harrington's passion and unmatched love for Mother McAuley, past professional experiences, and leadership qualities made her the perfect candidate to assume the role of President. During her tenure as Mother McAuley's Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Harrington led the current Future Ready capital campaign to raise more than 6 million dollars, becoming the largest fundraising initiative in school history. Most recently, Harrington served as Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana, where she developed donor opportunities and stewarded sustainable relationships with corporate partners.

On being named Mother McAuley's President, Harrington remarked: "I feel so fortunate to be back home where so many of my greatest memories occurred both personally and professionally, as a young woman and an adult. Thank you to the Search Committee, Board of Trustees, and Sisters of Mercy for this vote of confidence and opportunity. I am truly honored, humbled, and grateful for this role and cannot wait to engage with our Mighty Mac Students, wonderful families, talented faculty and staff, and dedicated alumnae and supporters."

Harrington received her undergraduate degree from Marquette University in 1990 and a mini-MBA from Loyola's Quinlan School of Business Executive Education Program in 2018. She has served in leadership roles on the Archdiocesan Development Council and previously sat on the Women's Board of Little Company of Mary Hospital.

"Carey is the dynamic, charismatic, faith-filled leader that the search committee was looking for to serve our school as its next President. Her solid understanding of our mission, coupled with her significant experience in academic administration and development, make her the ideal candidate. We look forward to welcoming her home and continuing the legacy of excellence Mother McAuley is known for within the community," said Carol Martinelli Bartucci '81, Chair of Board of Trustees.

As a Southsider, Harrington attended St. Cajetan Parish School before attending Mother McAuley, and her extended family remains active within this parish community. Currently, Harrington resides in Clarendon Hills, Illinois, with her husband of nearly 30 years and college sweetheart, Tom. Together, they have three children - Thomas, Margaret, and Mary Clare. Her family is active within Notre Dame School and Parish, where they have been parishioners for 27 years.

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