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Mary Crowley McDonald, Ph.D., is the Founder and CEO of MCD Partners, a national consulting company that provides a broad range of services for educational consulting and models for success. She has been a professional educator for thirty-six years as a teacher, principal, and most recently as Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Memphis for fourteen years. As Superintendent, Dr. McDonald was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the system of Catholic schools in the diocese as well as for the creation of the Jubilee Catholic Schools, eight long-closed Catholic schools that were reopened in the inner city of Memphis. She retired as Superintendent in June 2012 to continue in the field of education as a consultant and public speaker. Dr. McDonald has received national acclaim as an innovative educator, author, and public speaker and is the recipient of numerous awards in recognition of her work.

Dr. McDonald is extensively involved in the local and national community. She served as an advisor to the education committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), the regional representative of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), the Governor’s (TN) task force on Opportunity Scholarships (vouchers), and has served as a member of the White House Summit on Urban Education in addition to many other roles. She was the keynote speaker at the 2012 National Catholic Educational Association Convention. Dr. McDonald has published two books, A Light Reflected (2003) and A History with God (2011) and has written numerous columns and articles for local and national publications.

Dr. McDonald leads by example and works to make education a vehicle for understanding diversity, promoting unity, and making the future brighter for all children. Dr. McDonald and her husband, Joe, have two adult children and six grandchildren.