An independent Catholic school for young women in grades 7-12

sue petrone, principal
Ursuline Communications

Kate Levesque ‘77, president of Ursuline Academy,  announced on May 7 that Sue Petrone will serve as the next principal of the school, beginning in July.  Petrone joins Ursuline from TASIS (The American School in England), a day and boarding school for students in grades 6-12, where she was upper school head.  

A native of Massachusetts, Petrone has over thirty years of experience in independent schools in positions ranging from classroom teacher to department chair, associate dean of students, and upper school head.  Prior to TASIS, she spent eleven years as upper school director at Gill St. Bernard’s School in New Jersey.  Petrone holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Haverford College and an M.Ed. in Educational Administration with a concentration in counseling, educational law, and curriculum design from University of Massachusetts Amherst.  “I am thrilled to be joining the Ursuline Academy community, getting to know the students, families, and faculty, and continuing the tradition of a faith-filled commitment to academic excellence and service that has been lived and honored over the past 75 years,” said Petrone.

Levesque offered that “Sue’s experience at many levels of the educational process will inform her ability to collaborate with others and lead effectively in this role.  I am confident that her deep background in secondary education, in tandem with her strong Catholic faith, will equip her to be exactly the academic leader we need at this point in our school’s history.” 

Petrone follows Mary-Kate Tracy ‘94 in the role of principal.  Tracy will continue at Ursuline with expanded responsibilities as director of mission, also leading the school’s efforts in diversity, equity and belonging as well as global initiatives.  “I offer my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Mary-Kate for her Serviam-inspired leadership in both principal and mission roles for the last three years.  I am eager to continue to partner with her in her new role,” added Levesque.