Mary Churchill

Mary Churchill

Mary Churchill is the Founding Editor of University of Venus. In addition to creating University of Venus at Inside Higher Ed and Old School, New School at The Chronicle and is regularly invited to write and present on the future of education. She is the co-author of When Colleges Close: Leading in a Time of Crisis (Spring 2021, Johns Hopkins University Press) which details the merger of Wheelock College and Boston University. She is also co-producer and co-host of several higher ed podcasts: Rocking the AcademyView from Venus, and ExperiencED

Mary is passionate about the role of public engagement in higher education. In her thirty years of leadership experience, she has tirelessly advocated for a new paradigm of leadership informed by diversity, collaboration, and equity. She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from Northeastern University in Boston and has taught courses in Higher Education Administration, International Studies, Sociology, and Political Science.

Mary is currently the Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Community Engagement at the newly established Wheelock College of Education and Human Development at Boston University (est. 2018) where she also teaches in the Higher Education Administration program. Prior to her role at Boston University, she was the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Wheelock College in Boston. She is also on the board of the Massachusetts Network of Women Leaders in Higher Education which is affiliated with the American Council on Education's Inclusive Excellence Group and involved with ACE's Moving the Needle initiative focused on advancing women leaders in higher education. As an executive coach for senior leaders in the higher education sector, Mary works directly with a limited number of high-level professionals and board members.

She and her husband and their teen son are active in their Roxbury neighborhood in Boston and Mary serves on several community-based committees and boards. Originally from the “pets or meat” world portrayed in Michael Moore’s Flint, Michigan; she was the first in her family to attend college.

Mary can be reached by e-mail at [email protected] and through her website at She can also be found on Twitter (@mary_churchill) and LinkedIn.

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Most Recent Articles

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