Monday, December 11, 2017  
Mazey to step down as BGSU president | Falcon Tuition Guarantee Plan approved by BGSU board
President Mary Ellen Mazey

Bowling Green State University President Mary Ellen Mazey has announced that she will be stepping down as president on Dec. 31. She will continue to assist with the University’s comprehensive fundraising campaign and help with the transition to her successor.

“It’s been an absolute joy to lead this great University. I’ll be watching with interest to see what’s next for BGSU,” Mazey said. “While I look forward to this new chapter of my life, I will miss the members of our University family, especially our students. They will always be in my heart.”

According to Megan Newlove, chair of the University’s Board of Trustees, BGSU underwent a renaissance during President Mazey’s tenure.

“Dr. Mazey has been an outstanding leader,” Newlove said. “Thanks to her passion and vision we’ve made tremendous progress across the University. Enrollment has grown. Our classrooms and facilities have improved. Private funding has increased. She has expanded and strengthened our community partnerships, raised our global and national profile, and greatly improved student and alumni engagement. She leaves BGSU a far better place.”

In recognition of her contributions to the University, the Board of Trustees voted to grant her the title of President Emeritus at its Dec. 8 board meeting.


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Beginning in fall 2018, prospective Bowling Green State University students and their parents will know with more certainty what their four-year educational costs will be, thanks to the Falcon Tuition Guarantee Plan approved by the BGSU Board of Trustees at its Dec. 8 meeting. The plan calls for locks on tuition, course and class fees, and room and board plan rates for the duration of students’ undergraduate careers.

“We’re pleased to be able to provide families and students the ability to plan ahead for college costs,” said President Mary Ellen Mazey. “With the Falcon Tuition Guarantee Plan, what they pay as freshmen will be what they continue to pay as seniors, so they can budget accordingly. This is yet another step we can take to help make a college education attainable for more people and build a better future for all.”

Students who are already enrolled at BGSU will be classified as continuing students and will be charged tuition and fees as they are today until the board enacts changes as the state allows in a given year. Students who enroll the summer of 2018 will also fall into the “continuing” category for that summer, but then will be placed within the fall cohort and their tuition and fees stabilized for the remainder of their four-year undergraduate careers.


Judy Kiser, 73, assistant professor emeritus of social work, died Nov. 30 in Findlay. An early member of the social work faculty, she taught at the University from 1975-2010. Memorial contributions may be given to the BGSU social work program.


The University will celebrate its 290th graduation in two ceremonies in the Stroh Center Friday (Dec. 15) and Saturday (Dec. 16).

The December graduating class includes 954 candidates. Among the undergraduates, 56 will be presented associate degrees and 682 bachelor’s degrees. Of those, 142 have received honors for their high grade point averages. The 192 graduate students include 172 candidates for master’s degrees and 20 for doctoral degrees.