Dr. Mary Todd assumed stewardship of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi in July 2012 as its 11th executive director, the first woman to hold that position. A scholar of American history, American religion, and the interdisciplinary fields of women and gender studies and Holocaust studies, she was initiated as a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1993.
Todd previously served as founding dean of the Honors College at Marshall University, where she led the effort to bring a Phi Kappa Phi chapter to the Marshall campus. She earlier served as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Ohio Dominican University and as assistant provost at Concordia University Chicago. She has also taught at Roosevelt University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Dominican University, and directed honors programs at Concordia and Marshall.
As executive director, Todd works with the board of directors in implementation of the Society’s strategic plan and in advancing its mission to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others. She oversees the day-to-day operations of Society headquarters and participates in field activities that include visits to prospective chapters, chapter installations and initiations, and sponsored conferences.
Dr. Todd’s baccalaureate degree is from Valparaiso University, her masters from Roosevelt University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago.