Immaculata Graduate, Dr. Mary McDonald, to be Guest Speaker at the Fall Honors Convocation

On Sunday, October 16, Immaculata University alumna Mary Crowley McDonald ´66, will be the guest speaker for the 2005 Immaculata University´s Fall Honors Convocation. Dr. McDonald will address outstanding undergraduate students from the 2004-2005 academic year.
Since 1998, Dr. McDonald has 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 and was an elementary and high school teacher and was also an adjunct professor at Christian Brothers University. Currently, she serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Memphis.
She is a graduate of Leadership Memphis and has been involved with The Governors´ Alliance for Regional Excellence in Tennessee, Missouri, and Arkansas. She has been a national advisory board member for Gateway Technology, Inc. and a board member for the Rotary Club of Memphis. She has served on several advisory boards including Facing History and Ourselves, Diversity Memphis, Memphis Opportunity Scholarship Trust, and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. She also served on the strategic task force for Memphis 2005 and she is a past president of the Serra Club of Memphis.
Immaculata University bestowed on Dr. McDonald the 2001 Amethyst Award for outstanding contributions in community service and education. This honor is among many she has received during her lifetime. In 2002, she received the Humanitarian of the Year Award presented by the National Council for Community and Justice. She earned the 1999 Fifty Women Who Make a Difference in the Mid-South for outstanding leadership, the 1999 Kappa Delta Pi Award for Outstanding Contributions to Education, the 1999 Education Courage Award, the 2001 St. Agnes Academy Award, and was included in the Who´s Who in American 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, a Catholic, coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.

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