After graduating from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio, Anne Marie Tirpak served as a Jesuit Volunteer in Woodburn, OR, a year-long program focused on the values of spirituality, social justice, community and simple living. This post-college experience, living in a bilingual community and ministering to senior citizens, affirmed her life-long commitment to faith-based organizations serving the common good.
Ms. Tirpak began her professional career as the development director at Saint Joseph Academy, an all-girls Catholic high school and her alma mater in Cleveland, Ohio; then as the Assistant Director for Annual Giving at Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, CT. Moving to Chicago, she would serve as Vicariate Stewardship Coordinator for the Archdiocese of Chicago; then the Chief Development Officer for Catholic Theological Union, one of the largest Catholic graduate schools of theology in North America, and most recently as the Executive Director of Institutional Advancement for Sacred Heart Schools, Chicago.
Ms. Tirpak earned a Bachelor of Arts from John Carroll University, a Master’s in Education from Loyola University Chicago, a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from the Kellogg School of Northwestern University, and also completed graduate theological studies at Catholic Theological Union where she was chosen as a Cardinal Bernardin Scholar, a unique academic and pastoral program reflecting Cardinal Bernardin’s signature issues of reconciliation and peacemaking, interreligious dialogue, leadership development for the Catholic church, the consistent ethic of life, and the search for common ground in the church and world.
In March 2022, the Board of Trustees of De La Salle Institute unanimously approved her appointment as the fourth President of De La Salle Institute, the first lay leader and woman to be named to this role. She assumed the position on July 1.
Welcome Ms. Tirpak as the new president at her installation ceremony.