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Kath McCarthy appointed as College Board Chair

Dear Members of the Siena College Community,

I am delighted to announce that the Board of Directors of Dominican Education Australia Ltd (DEA) has appointed Kath McCarthy as Chair of the Board of Siena College Ltd, effective from the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday, 6 June 2019 up to the date of the College’s 2022 AGM.

In confirming the appointment, Eileen Young, DEA Board Chair said: ‘In the governance role as Chair of the Board, there is a special opportunity to contribute to the work and life of Siena College, in the support of its Principal, and in fostering the understanding and implementation of principles of good governance in the Dominican tradition by the College Board. Together with the Board, the Chair plays an important role in helping Siena College achieve its purpose of providing a safe, caring environment for students, a welcoming and inclusive community and excellence in Catholic education in the Dominican tradition.’

Kath’s appointment has been the culmination of diligent succession planning and commitment to Board renewal.  This reflects my long planned retirement from the Board after thirteen years, having seen my three daughters complete their school journey.  It has been an absolute privilege for me to serve the College on Committees, the Board and as Chair, with people throughout the college who have been amazing in enabling our young women to be the best they can be.  For sharing your joy and support - thank you.  

DEA has carefully considered selection of the best person to Chair the College Board at a particularly exciting time, as the recently completed Convent refurbishment reinforces our Dominican story, and the planned selection process for a new Principal in 2020 continues apace.  Kath will bridge the old and new beautifully, having been a student and College Captain (1989), being a current parent and having served on the Board for over five years.  Kath is currently chair of the Risk Management Committee and a member of the Board Succession Planning Working Group and the Principal Selection Board Subcommittee.  Her understanding of Catholic identity and Dominican charism is strong.  She holds degrees in Law, Science and Educational Psychology and works as a Consulting Psychologist providing Executive Coaching across multiple industries.

I join DEA and the Siena College community in congratulating Kath on her appointment as Board Chair of Siena College Ltd and in thanking her for her continuing involvement as a Director of the College Board.  Kath’s generosity in offering to give her time and expertise is greatly appreciated.  

Yours sincerely

Sean McGing
Siena College Board Chair

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