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MELISSA DAN APPOINTED NEW PRESIDENT
OF HILL-MURRAY SCHOOL

On May 14, 2020, Hill-Murray Board of Trustees Chair, Tim Yocum ’92, announced that Melissa Dan has been appointed the next President of Hill-Murray School.

“We couldn’t be happier to bring Melissa on board,” said Tim Yocum, chairman of the Hill-Murray Board of Trustees. “Melissa’s commitment to academic excellence, innovation in learning, and record of success made her the ideal choice as our next President of Hill-Murray. She embraces our commitment to every student being Known, Loved, and Respected and will continue to build on our engagement with alumni, families, and the entire community.”

Melissa is an experienced and visionary Catholic educator with a successful history of leading school communities in Minnesota, Chicago, and New York. Authentic and approachable, Melissa has worked in a variety of educational settings, starting as a counselor, then teacher, and eventually Catholic School leader and administrator. She is a passionate servant leader, with a strong academic background and is committed to life-long learning and improving school communities. Melissa looks forward to getting to know each student and learning how she can best serve them and the entire Hill-Murray community for years to come.

Click the buttons below to read the New President announcement letter from Hill-Murray Board of Trustees Chair, Tim Yocum ’92 and the Press Release announcing Melissa as the New President of Hill-Murray School.

ABOUT MELISSA

Melissa Dan is an experienced and visionary Catholic educator with a successful history of leading school communities in Minnesota, Chicago, and New York. Authentic and approachable, Melissa has worked in a variety of educational settings, as a counselor, special education and middle school teacher, principal for both Catholic and public schools and most recently, Catholic School leader and administrator. She is a passionate servant leader, with a strong academic background, including an Education Specialist Degree in K-12 Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of Saint Thomas.

With extensive experience in K-12 educational leadership, strategic planning, advancement, innovative curriculum programming, outdoor education and student wellness initiatives, she brings a tremendous background of knowledge and experience to Hill-Murray School. An influential educator, Melissa’s most recent position was as Head of School at School of the Holy Child in Rye, N.Y. Prior to this, she worked in the Archdiocese of Chicago as Principal of Saint Clement School in Lincoln Park. During her time in Chicago, in addition to being active in her parish, she mentored principals and teachers and frequently served on leadership committees in the Archdiocese and the Notre Dame ACE Program. She began her leadership career as principal of Maternity of Mary–St. Andrew School in Saint Paul, Minn. and sent many graduates to Hill-Murray.

Melissa and her husband, Bryan, and son, Aidan, are eager to return to the Twin Cities where they are originally from and where their families still reside.


PRESIDENT SEARCH COMMITTEE

Tim YocumPresident – TSY Management Inc.
H-M Board of Trustees Chairman
Jim YoungSr. Vice President Regional Manager – Edina Realty
H-M Board of Trustees Vice Chairman
Tim BratlandVice President – Post Consumer Brands
H-M Board of Trustees Secretary
Rob GarofaloBusiness Manager – Andersen Corp.
H-M Foundation Board Ex-Officio Member
Executive Committee Treasurer
Ryan BierwerthPresident – Minnesota Conway Fire & Safety
H-M Board of Trustees
Executive Committee
Jill LongAssistant Professor Education Degree Program – College of St. Scholastica
H-M Board of Trustees
Executive Committee
Meghan WeylandInstructor Assistant Remick Leadership Program – ACE – The University of Notre Dame
H-M Board of Trustees
Dave FaustPresident – Platinum Bank
H-M Board of Trustees Ex-Officio Member
H-M Foundation Board Vice Chairman
Rodrigo GonzalezHR Leader – 3M Consumer Business Group
H-M Board of Trustees
Jenny LavineHR Consultant – SALO Consulting
H-M Board of Trustees