Ursuline School Installs New President


Dr. Colleen Melnyk was officially installed as president of The Ursuline School in New Rochelle Sept. 24.

Dr. Melnyk succeeds Eileen Davidson, who served in various roles over 38 years at Ursuline and became the school’s first lay president in 2012. 

The Ursuline School, a college preparatory school entering its 125th year, is an all-girls school for students in grades six through 12. 

“The Ursuline School represents a tradition of academic excellence with special attention to the education of the whole individual,” Dr. Melnyk said. “I am committed to helping students imagine and grow their understanding about themselves, their faith, the world, so that students become agents of change, not just curiosity seekers.” 

She most recently served as principal of Murray Avenue School in Larchmont, and previously was an educator in the Mamaroneck and New Rochelle school districts.

A graduate of Bronx High School of Science, she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications, a master’s degree in elementary education and a doctor of education degree in educational leadership, all from Fordham University in the Bronx.

“Dr. Melnyk is a dynamic, experienced, mission-centered educational leader who models the Ursuline values of faith, integrity and respect for all,” said Sheila Sohr, chair of The Ursuline School board of trustees.


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