New Trustee: Dr. Mary Crowley McDonald
Immaculata University is pleased to announce that Mary Crowley McDonald ’66, Ed.D., of Germantown, TN, was appointed to the Board of Trustees for Immaculata University. Dr. McDonald will serve a three-year term.
“It is with gratitude to God for his many blessings, particularly the blessing of an Immaculata education, that I now serve on the Board of Trustees. So much of who I am, and what I do, is grounded in Immaculata. It was there that I was empowered to become the best version of myself that I could, to work hard, to live life that encourages others to achieve their purpose, and to leave every situation a little better than I found it,” commented McDonald.
Currently she is CEO of MCD Partners, an educational consulting firm that she founded in 2012, and is a radio talk show host on a local Memphis station, “Seize the Day with Dr. Mary McDonald.” From 1998 to 2012, Dr. McDonald served as secretary of education and superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Memphis, Tennessee. She began her career teaching at Philadelphia´s St. Maria Goretti High School. During her career, she served as principal of St. Benedict (K-12) and St. Agnes Elementary School in Memphis, TN, was an elementary and high school teacher and was also an adjunct professor at Christian Brothers University and the University of Memphis.
Serving by example, McDonald has become a community leader in her adopted hometown of Memphis, TN. While living there, she graduated from Leadership Memphis, whose mission is to build strong community leaders. She also served on a variety of committees including: the Mayor’s Education Advisory Board and the Education Council for the City of Memphis; Governor’s Task Force for Opportunity Scholarships; chairperson for the Curriculum Committee for the Diocese of Memphis; former president of the Serra Club of Memphis; founder and board president for Diversity Memphis; and the City of Memphis Strategic Task Force. In addition, McDonald has served on the national education level as a consultant for Education for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, speaker on the White House Summit on Urban Education, member of various task forces for the University of Notre Dame, and national committee member for the Catholic Campaign for America.
In 2001, Immaculata bestowed upon McDonald the Amethyst Award for outstanding contributions in community service and education; in 2008 the University presented her with the Immaculata Medal during Commencement. These are among many honors she has received during her lifetime including the Humanitarian awards from such prestigious organizations as the National Council for Community and Justice, the University of Notre Dame, University of St. Thomas, Memphis Theological Seminary, and the Knights and Ladies of St. Peter Claver. She also received the Peace and Justice Award from Christian Brothers University, the Best Practices Award in Leadership and Management from the National Leadership Roundtable, and the Community Leadership Award from the Italian American Organization. She also earned a spot in Mid-South Women’s Magazine as one of the Fifty Women Who Make a Difference in the Mid-South for outstanding leadership. Dr. McDonald is also the author of several books and articles on Catholic education.
Dr. McDonald earned her BA degree from Immaculata University and continued her education receiving an MA from the University of St. Thomas and her Ed.D., from the University of Memphis.
Immaculata University’s Board of Trustees is comprised of both lay and religious leaders in the education and corporate community. As the governing body of Immaculata, the Board understands, endorses, articulates, supports and promotes the mission of the University.
Immaculata University is a comprehensive, Catholic, coeducational institution of higher education, located on the Main Line between Malvern and Exton, 20 miles west of Philadelphia.