Mary Lou Kennedy, Ed.D. joined CCAC in 1988, first serving as a New Student Orientation coordinator, teaching Academic and Personal Development courses and assisting students through the second Dislocated Workers program at the CCAC–Allegheny Campus. Additional roles at Allegheny campus include working as the Academic Advising Coordinator under a Title III grant, as Director of Job Placement, Director of Registration and Assistant Dean of Students. Kennedy moved to North campus in 2004 first as Assistant Dean of Students then as Dean of Students. She has served on various campus and college committees including Academic Planning, Curriculum, document imaging implementation team and Maxient software implementation team.
Kennedy has served as the Newsletter chair, Conference co-chair and President of the Pennsylvania College Personnel Association. She also was Conference chair and Region VIII chair of the National Orientation Directors Association. She has received the President’s Innovation Team Award and the PCPA Joseph Merkel Outstanding Contribution to the Profession Award.
A native of Worcester, Massachusetts, Kennedy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, a Master of Arts in Student Personnel Services from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.
Prior to her tenure at CCAC Kennedy worked at Lock Haven University and the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.