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Dr. Mary-Beth A. Cooper

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Springfield College
263 Alden St.
Springfield , Massachusetts 01109
United States

Company Description: Springfield College was founded in 1885 to educate YMCA leaders and has expanded its programs and developed an international reputation for educating leaders for...   more

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  • doctorate of management
    Case Western Reserve University
  • master's degree , education
    University of Georgia
  • Ph.D. , education administration
    Michigan State University
  • undergraduate degree
    University of Delaware
  • master , business administration
    University of Rochester
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William Spelman Executive Search, 29 May 2015 [cached]
The announcement was made by Dr. Mary-Beth Cooper, Springfield College president.
“I felt an immediate connection to the students, faculty, staff, and leadership at the College and am delighted to join the Springfield College community at this extraordinary point in time,� said Finning. “I am excited to work with student leaders, the talented student affairs staff, and Dr. Cooper and her senior leadership team, as well as partners across and beyond the College to imagine, design, build, and execute a vision for student affairs at Springfield College.�
Mary-Beth Cooper, a vice ..., 24 June 2013 [cached]
Mary-Beth Cooper, a vice president at Rochester Institute of Technology with an extensive collection of academic degrees, has been named the 13th president of Springfield College by a unanimous vote by the Springfield College Board of Trustees.
Cooper will assume her duties at Springfield College on or before Sept. 1.
"I am thrilled to join the Springfield College community," said Cooper. "The College has such a meaningful mission and renowned reputation and I am honored to have been selected to serve as its next president."
Cooper currently serves as senior vice president for student affairs at the Rochester (N.Y.) Institute of Technology. She provides leadership for a broad-based campus life program, including intercollegiate athletics, and has extensive experience in fundraising.
Cooper also serves as distinguished lecturer in the College of Business and as an adjunct professor in the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester, according to a biography provided by Springfield College.
Cooper earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Delaware, a master's of science in education from the University of Georgia, a doctorate in college and university administration from Michigan State University, a master's of business administration from the University of Rochester and a doctor of management from Case Western Reserve University.
She has also completed two leadership certificate programs offered by Harvard University.
Joining Cooper in Springfield will be her husband, David Cooper.
NASPA | James E Scott Academy Board, 4 July 2013 [cached]
Mary-Beth Cooper Vice President, Student Affairs Rochester Institute of Technology 44 Lomb Memorial Drive Rochester, NY 14623-5604 Tel: (585) 475-2267 E-mail:
One in Four, 27 April 2011 [cached]
Mary-Beth Cooper -Vice President for Student Affairs at Rochester Institute of Technology. In her current role, she is the chief student affairs officer for RIT responsible for the delivery of student services and campus life. In addition to her administrative responsibilities, Dr. Cooper teaches graduate level classes at RIT and the University of Rochester in business and in education. Dr. Cooper not only invests time on campus, but in the Rochester community as well. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the YMCA and the Hillside Children's Center. In June 2007, she received The Susan B. Anthony Promise Award, from the Anthony Center for Women's Leadership and the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration. She also received the Outstanding Contribution to Higher Education Award, NASPA Region II, 2006-07. In 2005, she was named one of Rochester's most influential women by the Rochester Business Journal. Without a doubt, the guiding vision in Mary-Beth's career journey has been learning. She firmly believes that education can be the answer to creating a prosperous, successful community of thinkers and doers. In fall 2006, she began a three-year program at Case Western University which will add an Executive Doctor of Management degree to her portfolio.
Cooper to heighten connection ..., 10 Oct 2014 [cached]
Cooper to heighten connection with city neighborhoods Oct. 10, 2014 Login to Post a Response
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Dr. Mary-Beth Cooper
His successor Dr. Mary-Beth Cooper has continued implementation of many of the same service programs introduced during Flynn's presidency, while cultivating ideas of her own during her first year.
"We are a culture of service. It's part of our mission, it's part of our tagline, and I don't think that will change," Cooper said. "My role is to ensure that it doesn't change, and to emphasize commitment to service."
Springfield College seemed the ideal landing spot for Cooper.
Cooper had a long-lasting history of community engagement in her former hometown of Rochester, N.Y. The Rochester Business Journal named her one of Rochester's most influential women in 2005 for her organizational involvement and influence on policy decisions. At the time of her hire by Springfield College, Cooper was serving as the chair of the board at the YMCA of Greater Rochester, an organization she volunteered with for nearly 20 years.
Prior to her hire at Springfield College in 2013, Cooper had served as senior vice president for student affairs at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) since 2001. Previously, Cooper had been dean of students at the University of Rochester since 1997 and, before that, vice president for student affairs at St. John Fisher College.
Before launching a career in higher education, Cooper earned a collection of degrees: a bachelor's of art degree from the University of Delaware, a master's of science in education from the University of Georgia, a Ph.D. in college and university administration from Michigan State University, a master's of business administration from the University of Rochester, and a doctor of management from Case Western Reserve University. Cooper also completed two leadership certificate programs offered by Harvard University and presented a paper at the Oxford Round Table.
Sept. 23 marked Springfield College's 17th annual Humanics in Action Day, the second under the helm of Cooper. The goal of the event is to unite the Springfield College community and its surrounding neighborhoods to work on community service projects. The day is one of high visibility for Springfield College service to the city of Springfield, however Cooper notes that it is the year-round commitment to service that is most important, no matter the degree of visibility.
"Last year, our students spent 150,000 hours of time on service. Our students are actively engaged, and that number doesn't even capture what our faculty and staff do in their own communities," Cooper emphasized.
Much of the service done by Springfield College students emanates from some form of educational assistance, through partnerships with Americorps, local school systems, and learn-to-read programs. Cooper hopes to expand on these educational initiatives, enhancing a focus on literacy and degree completion for local youth.
For Cooper, what she will not do to the community is just as vital as what she will. A key focus for the new president is avoiding any exacerbation with local neighborhoods.
"I won't close Alden Street," Cooper said in regards to a long-standing argument to make Springfield College a closed community for safety purposes.
At 6 a.m. every morning, Cooper walks the Blake Track, which is open to the public. Offering resources such as a track and library that are open to the public have remained a priority. Cooper also hopes to further events held at her on-campus house, which last school year included a winter holiday party and Easter egg hunt.
In addition to community involvement and non-exclusivity, collaboration with other Western Massachusetts colleges and universities is of importance to Cooper. An initiative to support consumption of local foods grown here in the Pioneer Valley is in progress, and is expected to be announced publicly in the near future. Meetings have featured representatives from Springfield College, Westfield State University, Springfield Technical Community College, Bay Path University, American International College, and Western New England University.
"Service to others isn't about doing something for somebody else, it's about doing something with somebody else in the community, for the betterment of their lives and our lives and how we engage," Cooper said of her approach to community service, an approach she expects to have an impact during her Springfield College career.
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