President's Welcome

Mary Acker Klingenberger '75

Exciting things are happening here on at Mother McAuley! We are living loud and proud our legacy of providing an exceptional education to young women, a mission that began when our first teachers and pioneers, the Sisters of Mercy, arrived in Chicago more than 170 years ago. That legacy demands that our learners of today have the opportunities, strategies and skills to be the very best leaders of tomorrow. 

McAuley students are academically-challenged, inspired and prepared to become the most innovative and desirable candidates for colleges and employers. Recent research shows that employers consider teamwork, analytical reasoning and complex problem-solving, agility and adaptability to be the most necessary of the soft skills. My own former career in the banking industry also gave me a first-hand experience at how these critical skills translate into practical, real-world use. Through Future Ready - our first capital campaign in 25 years - we seek to prepare and empower our students with these and more. 

Launched in 2017, Future Ready represents the best integration of McAuley’s well-known liberal arts and robust college-prep curriculum with a collaborative, dynamic and creative-rich environment. Renovations to common areas and classrooms, including modular furniture and the latest technology, allowing educational approaches to be tailored to the unique learning styles of young women. Students are encouraged to think freely across disciplines, and to ask difficult, real-world questions and collaborate in designing solutions. The result are graduates engrained with the skills, integrity and confidence to be women of mercy, ready to address the many challenges of constantly changing, global society. This is the lifetime distinction and advantage of a McAuley education.

I invite you to visit our campus to experience firsthand the excitement and energy that fills each room and hallway. You will witness how our young women produce the best friendships, the best projects, and the best results -- all empowering them to become their very best selves. You will leave inspired by the commitment of our McAuley family to the academic and spiritual achievement of each and every young woman. As an alumna and now president, I truly believe in our educational mission. I know that the fine traditions of McAuley will continue to impact and benefit the lives of many young women for generations to come.