Mary Heath Joins SNHU as School of Ed Dean

Wednesday, April 22, 2009
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Mary Heath to Serve as SNHU’s
Dean for School of Education

Manchester, N.H. (April 22, 2009) – Mary Heath, former deputy commissioner for the New Hampshire Department of Education, will join Southern New Hampshire University as its new dean for the School of Education. Heath will begin July 15.

“Mary is one of the most respected people in K-12 education and brings with her the broadest range of experience possible, from classroom teacher to policy-maker,” said SNHU President Paul LeBlanc. “She seems to know just about everyone in NH connected to education, yet she is not mired in tradition or a ‘this is how we’ve always done it’ sensibility.” 

Prior to joining the Department of Education, Mary was the executive director for the NH Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and served as a grant writer for the NH Principals’ Association/Assisting for Breaking Ranks II and High School Redesign.  She also served as an SNHU adjunct professor from 2003 to 2004.

Mary earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Notre Dame College in Manchester, and master’s degrees from Rivier College and the University of New Hampshire.

She is a former trustee to the Manchester City Library and she also served on the board of directors for NH Excellence in Education, the Greater Manchester Health Center and NH Healthy Kids.

A high-quality education starts with strong relationships and a personalized education. Effective teachers are not only well-prepared; they continue to learn for the purpose of connecting their learning to that of the achievement of their students,” said Heath. “I am honored to have the opportunity to play a leadership role in the SNHU education program.”

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