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Mary brings first-hand insight on success to client matters in higher education through leadership roles at three universities.

Mary shares with clients 30 years of experience in – as well as a doctorate in educational administration focused on – higher education. Clients and the legal team appreciate her broad background as a chief academic officer handling all operational services, including policy development, diversity, risk management, student development, enrollment, accreditation review, Title IX and Clery Act compliance. She offers consulting and training to educational institutions on these matters.

Mary applies her skills to thoughtfully create lasting solutions. A cross-cultural appointment in Kenya influenced her prioritization of relational problem-solving. Throughout her administrative career, she taught one class per year in order to remain connected to faculty, students and mission. Mary believes collaboration informs good decision-making.




  • PhD, University of Missouri-Kansas City
    • Educational Administration-Higher Education
  • M.B.A., Rockhurst University
    • Management
  • B.S., Emporia State University
    • Business Administration
  • Oversaw all academic affairs as provost and chief academic officer for traditional students and professional and graduate programs at three private universities, including faculty oversight, regional Higher Learning Commission (HLC) accreditation, compliance, curriculum, academic quality and budget. Assisted in strategic planning efforts, including identifying key performance indicators.
  • Led university efforts in successful Higher Learning Commission (HLC) accreditation visit resulting in 10-year affirmation. Served as Accreditation Liaison Officer to HLC for five years. Also responsible for Federal Compliance, Title IX and Section 504 of Rehabilitation Act.
  • Served on multiple Higher Learning Commission (HLC) peer evaluation teams assessing institutions for accreditation reviews.
Outside the Office

Mary, a book club member, maintains a running list of book and audiobook recommendations from friends and media sources, making her an eclectic reader of fiction and nonfiction, but always reaches for a good mystery novel, especially paired with a beach vacation. She also walks the parks, trails and arboretum near her home. Her sports enthusiasms include the Kansas City Chiefs, Oklahoma City Thunder, and March Madness – she always does a bracket.

Community Leadership
  • Higher Learning Commission, Peer Evaluator, 2016-present
  • Gateway of Hope, Board Member, 2015-present