MARY MCKINNEY EDMONDS, FORMER HHS DEAN, FIRST VICE PRESIDENT FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS, DIES AT 85
Dr. Mary McKinney Edmonds, 85, died Oct. 11. A trailblazer and leader on many fronts, she joined Bowling Green State University in 1981 as dean of the former College of Health and Community Services, becoming the University’s first African-American dean.
An advocate for improved access to education and health care for minorities and the elderly, she also promoted cultural competency among health care providers to address disparities in treatment.
In 1983, following a national search, Edmonds was appointed vice president of the newly created Division of Student Affairs, where she implemented a number of significant services and programs to improve the lives of students and raise the campus community’s consciousness about diversity and inclusion.