Biography of Mary Ellen Mazey, Ph.D.

Mary Ellen Mazey became the 11th president of Bowling Green State University on July 1, 2011.  Prior to assuming the presidency, she served as Provost and Vice-President of Academic Affairs at Auburn University, as Dean of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University, and as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Wright State University.  In 1996-97 she had an Intergovernmental Personnel Assignment and served as Director of the Office of University Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. A first-generation college graduate, Dr. Mazey earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from West Virginia University and a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Cincinnati.

President Mazey is deeply committed to student success and to providing a high quality education that leads to long-term career value for students. Her vision for BGSU is focused on building regional, state, national and global partnerships that enhance the student experience, facilities, revenues and ensure that BGSU is positioned in the global marketplace. She is committed to a diverse campus environment that serves all students.

With her emphasis on strategic planning and partnership building, BGSU has partnered with a local hospital for a new student health center, with the State of Ohio for a new crime laboratory, and with North Star Aviation for a new hangar/classroom building.  There is an emphasis on providing new classroom space for innovative, new academic programming. The campus has renovated or opened 10 new buildings in the last three years.

Dr. Mazey has served as a consultant on strategic planning and as an evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission. She currently serves on the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA) Board and as Chair of the board for the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA).  In addition, she serves on the board of directors of the Toledo Chamber of Commerce and the northwest Ohio Regional Growth Partnership.