Dr. Mary Todd assumed stewardship of Phi Kappa Phi on July 1, 2012. She is the first woman to lead the 115-year-old organization and only the 11th individual to hold the position since 1900.
Todd was initiated into Phi Kappa Phi in 1993 at University of Illinois at Chicago and later led a successful petition to bring a chapter of Phi Kappa Phi to Marshall University where she was founding dean of the Honors College from 2009-2012. She also served as the primary contact for Phi Kappa Phi at Marshall since the chapter’s installation in 2010.
Prior to her term at Marshall, Todd served for five years as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Ohio Dominican University. She previously taught at Concordia University-Chicago, Roosevelt University, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Dominican University.
As executive director, Todd works with the board of directors in implementation of the Society's strategic plan that supports the Phi Kappa Phi 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 also oversees the day-to-day operations of Phi Kappa Phi headquarters and participates in field activities such as campus visits, chapter installations, and sponsored conferences.
Todd earned a bachelor of arts in history from Valparaiso University, a master of general studies from Roosevelt University, and a Ph.D. in American history from University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research focuses on American religious history, gender and women's studies, and Holocaust studies.