Head of School Celebration!

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.
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    • Tenth Head of School Patrick T. Gallagher

    • James Kubacki, president of St. Edward High School, gave the keynote address.

    • Head of School Patrick Gallagher, St. Edward High School President James Kubacki, Lawrenceville School Head Master Stephen Murray

    • Board of Trustee President Christopher Smythe '78 presents Patrick Gallagher with the Head of School jacket.

    • Head of School Patrick Gallagher addresses the students, faculty, parents, alumni and guests.

    • Former US headmaster Stephen Murray, now Head Master at The Lawrenceville School, gave the invocation.

    • Henry Shapard '16 performs Invocation (Gustav Holst).

    • Gabriel Laskey '19 presents two gifts from the students: a US logo collage comprised of photos of every US student and a painting of the front entrance of the school.

    • Faculty representative Lisa Ulery presents a replica of the Mr. Rogers' neighborhood trolley to the new Head of School.

    • The Junior Choir, High Tops Choral Ensemble, the University Singers and Glee Club perform I've Got Peace Like a River (African-American Spiritual).

    • Alumni Council President Robert Hartford '87 presents a 1902 publication of The Record to Head of School Patrick Gallagher.

    • Danny Singer conducts The University School Chamber Orchestra.

    • US Parents' Association Presidents Amy Wujnovich and Leigh Clements present gifts to Head of School Patrick Gallagher.

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