Barbara Daush Practice Leader, Catholic Schools Practice

Barbara is the Practice Leader for the Catholic Schools Practice. She joined the firm after serving for 42 years in independent school education in Memphis. For the last 22 years of her service in Memphis, Barbara was the President of St. Agnes Academy – St. Dominic School, the oldest continuously operating school in West Tennessee.

Barbara’s recent assignments have included search work at Sacred Heart Schools (KY), Ursuline Academy (LA), Merion Mercy Academy (PA), St. Joseph’s Preparatory School (PA), Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School (GA), Presentation High School (CA), Visitation Academy (MO), Rossville Christian Academy (TN), and High Meadows School (GA).

Previous Experience

Barbara began her career in education as a classics and world history teacher, then served in guidance and counseling before starting her administrative career. She has been a Lower School Head, Middle School Head, an Interim Head of School, and a School President. Her visionary leadership at St. Agnes – St. Dominic transformed the campus through two multi-million dollar capital and endowment campaigns. Under her direction, the School became a leader in technology integration and was named as an Apple Distinguished School for 12 consecutive years. Additionally, the School’s enrollment grew by 120%, the endowment grew by 1000%, and the athletic program in the Upper School became regionally and nationally recognized for the first time in its long history. Barbara also served for two years at the University of Mississippi as a Regional Development Officer before joining CS&A.

During her tenure at St. Agnes – St. Dominic, she was recognized by her peers by being elected as the Chair of the Board of the Southern Association of Independent Schools, the Tennessee Association of Independent Schools, and the Memphis Association of Independent Schools.

Education & Interests

Barbara graduated with a B.A. in Latin from the University of Mississippi and completed her M.A. and M.Ed. degrees from the University of Memphis. She and her husband Mike are proud parents to two sons who are married and have blessed them with five beautiful grandchildren.

Barbara enjoys boating, swimming, golfing, and walking and is an avid football fan. She is a Eucharistic minister for her parish and serves on the Boards of The Assisi Foundation, Madonna Learning Center, and Visitation Academy.