Mary  Yakimowski
Chair, Educational Leadership and Director, Ed.D. in Educational Leadership
Orlean Beeson School of Education
Educational Leadership
Office: Orlean Bullard Beeson Hall 229
Email: myakimow@samford.edu
Phone: 205-726-2019

Mary, a native of Boston, enjoys teaching graduate courses on topics such as leadership, school improvement, tests and measurement, and research. In addition to serving as faculty, she directed assessment and accreditation efforts at the University of Connecticut and Sacred Heart University, and has more than two decades of experience working as an educational leader in urban settings across three states. Her research expertise is in the areas of student assessment, program evaluation, urban education, strategic planning, and facilitating collaborations between districts and higher education. Having delivered more than 200 presentations at international, national, regional, state and local conferences, Mary has received many accolades including 18 outstanding publication awards from Division H of the American Educational Research Association and the Connecticut Boards of Education, honored with receiving a fellowship from the National Center for Education Statistics, and appointed a visiting scholar at Johns Hopkins University. Mary enjoys musical theater, "brass" sounds, traveling, landscaping, and cuddling with 'Little Kitty'.

Ph.D., Educational Psychology, University of Connecticut
M.A., Educational Psychology, University of Connecticut, 1982
B.S., Behavioral Sciences and History, Bridgewater State College, 1981