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Saint Ursula Academy Announces New Principal for 2018-2019 School Year

Dr. Mari Thomas, Named New Principal for the 2018-2019 School Year

Cincinnati, Ohio, November 30, 2017 – When students return to Saint Ursula Academy (SUA) in August 2018, a new principal will be leading the school. Saint Ursula has named Dr. Mari Thomas as the next principal of Saint Ursula Academy starting July 1, 2018.

Dr. Thomas is currently serving as SUA Assistant Principal for Student Affairs. Her vast experience and qualifications, in addition to her background in Catholic girls’ education made her the perfect choice to be Saint Ursula Academy’s next principal.

“We are blessed to have someone so highly qualified already serving in our school community,” said Saint Ursula Academy President Lelia Keefe Kramer.

The change comes after current principal Craig Maliborski, following a great deal of discernment and prayer, chose to pursue the position of Athletic Director at Saint Ursula. The A.D. position opened with the retirement of long-time Athletic Director Mike Sipes. This move also gives Maliborski an opportunity to teach math again, a subject about which he is very passionate and deeply experienced. Having Maliborski in both roles will be of great benefit to both SUA’s student athletes and math students.

Maliborski has served as principal for seven years and will remain in his role through the end of the current school year.
“Mr. Maliborski has made significant contributions to the school and to our students during his time as principal. We are thrilled he will continue to enrich our community in a new role.”

In Dr. Thomas’ first year at Saint Ursula, she has made a big impact in student programming, research on students’ emotional well-being, and admissions and recruitment strategies. She holds a PhD in school psychology and brings deep experience in strategic program development, administration, and secondary girls’ education.

“We are excited by what Dr. Thomas brings to Saint Ursula and know we can move forward with confidence, continuing our commitment to a high standard of academic excellence and to the mission that is at the foundation of all we do,” said Kramer.

Thomas and Maliborski will maintain their current positions through the remainder of this school year, which will allow for a smooth and positive transition for Saint Ursula’s students, faculty, and staff. 

Saint Ursula Academy is a Catholic, college-preparatory, secondary school for young women known for academic excellence and rich tradition. Saint Ursula welcomes students from more than 90 grade schools in the Greater Cincinnati area.  The Academy is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School. The campus, located at 1339 E. McMillan Street in East Walnut Hills has been the home of St. Ursula Academy and Convent since 1910. The Class of 2017 earned college scholarships totaling more than $21-million.