McNeil Named to State Board of Education

November 16th, 2004 by Adam

Plymouth State University Professor of Education Mary
Elizabeth McNeil
, has been named to the
New Hampshire State Board of Education
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 Studies (CAGS) graduate program
in educational leadership and the Center for Professional
Educational Partnerships.

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.

Editor of The New Hampshire Journal of Education,
McNeil has published widely in educational books and
journals and has been the recipient of numerous state and
federal grants. Two recent grants from the U.S.
Department of State provided funding for Pakistani
teachers and administrators to participate in intensive
academic studies in their areas of expertise on the PSU

A recipient of the New Hampshire Excellence in Education
Award in 2002, McNeil also received the Distinguished
Graduate Teaching Award at Plymouth State University in
2001. She was elected president of the New Hampshire
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
(ASCD) 2001-2002, served on the board of directors of
ASCD International. She is also co-chair of the Research
Work Group for the Association of Teacher Education in

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.”