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William Perales Appointed Director of Saint Ambrose Center

IRVING, Texas (March 14, 2024) — William Perales has been appointed director of the Saint Ambrose Center for Catholic Liberal Education and Culture.

The Saint Ambrose Center shares the mission of the University of Dallas with the world at large through K-12 teaching resources, the Studies in Catholic Faith and Culture video series, and The Quest. Perales joined the team in 2021 to lead the K-12 Classical Curriculum Project, which supports K-12 educators with curriculum resources and professional development.

Before joining UD, Perales gained over 20 years of experience in Catholic education as a teacher and principal. Perales served on the Curriculum Committee of the Diocese of Fort Worth and helped found the Catholic teacher formation program for Fort Worth.

“It has been wonderful to work with K-12 educators around the country over these years and get to know their school communities and culture,” Perales stated. “We have a great team in the Saint Ambrose Center, and I look forward to continuing the growth of our services and sharing the vision of UD as we support K-12 schools with teacher professional development, school leader coaching, parent formation sessions, curriculum resources, and further consulting services for school operations.”

“The Saint Ambrose Center at the University of Dallas amplifies the educational mission of the university through professional development support for K-12 schools,” stated Provost Matthias Vorwerk, PhD. “It complements our education degree offerings in the Department of Education and Classical Learning and raises the visibility of the university. I am confident William Perales will not only continue to provide excellent leadership, but also expand the reach of the Saint Ambrose Center to share the riches of liberal education.”

Perales’ appointment follows outgoing director Andrew Ellison’s move to another role in UD’s mission. Ellison became the university’s vice president for enrollment on March 1.

About the University of Dallas

The University of Dallas is the premier Catholic liberal arts university in the country, known for its rigorous undergraduate Core Curriculum and robust graduate and professional programs in business, ministry, education and the humanities. According to national rankings, the University of Dallas has one of America’s most challenging, comprehensive undergraduate interdisciplinary programs, offered at an excellent value to some of the happiest students in the country. With campuses in Texas and Italy, UD stands apart as a thriving community of learners committed to an education that forms students intellectually, socially and spiritually for a life well-lived. For more information, visit udallas.edu.

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