New Dean Announced for School of Graduate & Professional Studies
Published on: November 15, 2018
Following an extensive national search, Becker College has announced that Mary Ellen Mahoney has been appointed Dean of the College’s School of Graduate & Professional Studies, effective November 2018. She will be the first Dean of Becker’s fifth school, which launched in July.
“Mary Ellen Mahoney’s vision for the School of Graduate & Professional Studies, her wealth of experience in directing graduate and adult education programs, and her deep understanding of the adult-learner population made her a top choice among our search committee,” said Amber Vaill, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs. “I am confident she will strengthen the School and its programs to best align with the needs of those seeking undergraduate and advanced degrees, as well as those who desire professional certificate programs in many disciplines, so they can advance in their careers.”
“I am excited and honored to lead the School of Graduate and Professional Studies,” said Mary Ellen Mahoney. “Becker College’s mission to provide transformative learning experiences resonates deeply with me. Throughout my career, my passion has been working with adults to transform their lives by reaching their educational goals. I look forward to working with the faculty and staff to bring the professional studies and graduate programs at Becker College to the next level of excellence.”
Mahoney was most recently Executive Director of Graduate and Extended Studies Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences at Saint Joseph’s University, in Philadelphia. In this position, she was responsible for recruitment and retention for more than 30 graduate degree and certificate programs, retention for 25 undergraduate programs, the launch of new graduate programs, and implementation of a number of new marketing and recruiting strategies. She previously served as Director of Admissions in the School of Adult and Graduate Education (SAGE) at Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Penn., where she worked with faculty to expand existing programs into new markets as well as launched new programs, established a number of articulation agreements for the M.S. in Forensic Science, and more. She also was the Enrollment Coordinator in the School of Graduate and Adult Education at Alvernia University in Reading, Penn.
Mahoney earned a B.A. in English from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., and an M.A. in English from Kutztown University in Kutztown, Penn. She was an adjunct faculty member at Lehigh Carbon Community College in Schnecksville, Penn., and Reading Area Community College, in Reading, Penn. She is a member of the Council of Adult and Experiential Learning and the National Council of Teachers of English.