Little Rock businesswoman Karen Flake has been named the new president and CEO for Mount St. Mary Academy effective August 1, 2012.
Mount St. Mary Academy is an all-girls' private school in Little Rock.
“Karen Flake epitomizes the best qualities of a Mount St. Mary alumna. Her love and support for this school are well known in our community. The person chosen to fill the shoes of Sr. Deborah Troillett, RSM must be a strong leader trained in the Mercy Values. Karen Flake has those qualities and more,” said Tom Devine, chairman of the board of directors. “The board and I are excited about the future of Mount St. Mary under Karen's leadership. We are looking forward to working with her for years to come.”
Flake was managing partner of Flake-Wilkerson Market Insights for 11 years
and has guided her own research firm, Karen Flake & Associates, since 2009.
A graduate of Mount St. Mary Academy, Flake also taught at the school from 1972 to 1977.
“At this stage of my life, I feel that God is asking me to become involved with Mount St. Mary Academy to help with future vision and strategic planning. I know it is doubtful that anyone can completely fill Sr. Deborah’s shoes, who so joyfully dedicated her life to the service of God,” said Flake. “I am willing to use my skills and talents, however, to assure that the Mount continues its tradition of offering a high quality education to young women, building leaders who embrace Mercy Values to make the world a better place.”
Flake succeeds Sr. Deborah Troillett, who served as president of Mount St. Mary Academy from 1997-2011.