Mary Elizabeth McNeil, professor of education, has been named to the New
Hampshire State Board of Education by former Governor Craig Benson and the
Executive Council. McNeil is director of international institutes and partnerships
at Plymouth State and has served as director of the Certificate of Advanced Graduate
Studies (CAGS) program in educational leadership and the Center for Professional
As director of the CAGS Program, McNeil worked closely with teachers and administrators from
around the state as they pursued advanced level graduate courses in educational leadership. She has also taught graduate courses in Keene, Littleton, Amherst and Manchester.
Dr.McNeil earned her B.S., M.Ed. degrees and CAGS at the University of Vermont and her Ed.D.
at Boston University. She has worked in public schools as a teacher and administrator and, at
the university level, she has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses.
PSU Provost Virginia Barry says, “Dr.McNeil will bring a working knowledge of public education
and higher education to her position on the Board of Education. Her involvement with the state
board will afford her students the opportunity to follow along with the educational issues,
challenges and opportunities in education today.”