Veronica Collins Harrington
Veronica Collins Harrington is the first lay president in the school’s sixty-four year history. Harrington’s arrival at the Academy of Notre Dame continues her commitment to all-female Catholic education. In her past role, as principal at Ursuline Academy in Wilmington, Delaware, she “witnessed young women, who, exposed to rich spiritual traditions and guided by caring faculty as role models, emerged as self-confident leaders ready to transition to college and assume majors in crucial fields such as math, science, and economics.”
Harrington brings to the Academy twenty-four years of experience as an educator and administrator. Since 2003 she has served as the Upper School Principal at Ursuline Academy, a private Catholic girls’ high school in Wilmington, Delaware. While at Ursuline, Harrington guided the school through the Middle States Accreditation process and served on the administrative team.
Prior to Ursuline Academy, Harrington served as the principal at Villa Joseph Marie High School in Holland, Pa., the Coordinator of Educational Services for READS in Philadelphia, and an educator for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for thirteen years.
Harrington, a Philadelphia native, received a B.S. from Gwynedd-Mercy College and her M.Ed. from Cabrini College, where she also pursued and received secondary principalship certification. Additionally, she has remained current in her field with professional development at the University of Notre Dame (2003) and Harvard University (2004).
Eileen Wilkinson has been named principal of the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur in Villanova. Previously, Wilkinson served as the Dean of Studies at Mount Saint Joseph Academy in Flourtown for five years.
Wilkinson’s academic career includes Adjunct Instructor at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia and Wilmington College (now University) in New Castle, Del., and Secondary Social Studies Teaching Specialist at the University of Delaware, Carter Partnership Center, Georgetown, Del.
In addition, Wilkinson was dean of discipline at Saint Mark's High School in Wilmington, Del., from 1998 to 2000, and she was chair of the social studies department at St. Mark’s from 1995 to 1999.
Wilkinson began her teaching career at St. Bartholomew School in Philadelphia where she worked for three years, and she then taught at Holy Name School in Washington, D.C., for five years.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia and a Master of Arts degree in Secondary Education from Villanova University in Villanova.
Junior School Director
Ms. Anne Carroll brings a wealth of experience to her post as Junior School Director. She came to Notre Dame following ten years as principal of St. Bridget’s School in Richmond, Virginia where, in addition to her administrative duties, she led the school in its designation as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 2007. Previous to her work at St. Bridget’s she served as principal at St. Pius X School in Norfolk, Virginia, and St. Andrew’s School in Newtown, Pennsylvania.
A Philadelphia native, Ms. Carroll is a graduate of West Catholic and has a bachelor’s degree from Immaculata University and a master’s degree in Religious Studies from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook, Pa.
Ms. Carroll is part of the administrative team responsible for leading the Junior School and reports directly to the principal. In addition, she teachs seventh grade religion.