The University School community gathered for the installation of Patrick T. Gallagher as tenth Head of School on Friday, Dec. 7.
With all of the boys in grades 3-12 in attendance and with the Jr. K - grade 2 boys watching via live-stream, the installation began with a procession into the gym to the music of the US Singers, Glee Club and Chamber Orchestra, directed by Daniel Singer. Attendees included current and retired faculty and staff, special guests, and members of the Board of Trustees, Parents Association, and Alumni Executive Board.
Speakers included former US headmaster Stephen Murray, now Head Master of The Lawrenceville School, who gave the invocation; and James Kubacki, President of St. Edward High School, Mr. Gallagher's alma mater, who gave the keynote address.
Christopher Smythe '78, President of the Board of Trustees, presided over the formal installation and presented a proclamation of appointment to Mr. Gallagher, who then delivered his installation address.
Featured performances were given by Henry Shapard '16 on the cello, and by the Junior Choir, High Tops Choral Ensemble, and University Singers and Glee Club.
Reflections of and presentations to Mr. Gallagher were given by Gabriel Laskey '19, Head Prefect, who represented the students; Lisa Ulery, Director of Information Technology, who represented the faculty; Robert Hartford, President of the Alumni Council, who represented the US Alumni Association; and Leigh Clements and Amy Wujnovich, Presidents of the US Parents' Association, who represented the parents. View a Slideshow of the Ceremony and Reception
The ceremony concluded with the benediction by the Rev. David Mason followed by the singing of Hail, University.