Effective Nov. 1, Laura M. Curley will take her place as the new president of Trinity High School in River Forest. Curley will replace interim president Sister Judith Schaefer, O.P., who has worked with the Board of Directors since March 2019 to find and appoint a long-term president.

In a press release from Trinity, Schaefer said, “Laura Curley is the right person to lead Trinity at this moment in history. Her belief in the mission, as well as her strong administrative skills and financial acumen, will serve Trinity well as it continues to strive and grow.”

The search for a president, conducted by a sub-committee of the school’s board of directors chaired by Schaefer and board chair Colleen Stone Funda ’86, was extensive and thorough. The sub-committee reviewed over 75 applications and interviewed seven semi-finalists before voting on a final three and selecting Curley.

As the school’s permanent president, Curley will follow Dr. Corinne Lally Benedetto who served a very short tenure leading the school. Lally Benedetto followed in the notable footsteps of Sr. Michelle Germanson, a Dominican nun, who led the school’s resurgence over 25 years. Germanson announced her retirement as president in May 2017.

Curley graduated from St. Louise de Marillac High School in north suburban Northfield. She received a BA in English at Northern Illinois University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Northeastern Illinois University.

In a press release from the high school, Curley expressed the excitement and honor she felt in being given this position.

“I am honored to be given the opportunity to lead a school that has made such a significant difference in the lives of so many young women for more than a century,” she said. “I am excited to get to know the young women who come to Trinity every day and look forward to working alongside the many dedicated adults who are changing the lives of Trinity students.”

Curley has already met faculty, staff and students. She will formally begin her position as president on Nov. 1, with an installation ceremony at the Founder’s Day Liturgy. The school’s board is planning opportunities and events for parents and neighbors to meet Curley.

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