Congratulations to Mara (Roberts) Woody for earning an EdD in Educational Leadership and Policy, with an emphasis in higher education from Vanderbilt University, graduating in May.  Mara’s research dissertation evaluated institutional programmatic effectiveness in aiding adult learner persistence and retention at a community college in TN as a response to the Tennessee Reconnect grant that goes into effect in Fall, 2018.

Dr. Woody is GMLC alumna 2014.  She has worked extensively on the Session I Planning Teams since graduating from GMLC and serves as chair of the Central Region Council Plan for GMLC.  Mara currently works as Judicial Education Manager for the state of Missouri’s Courts Office State Courts Administrator.  She previously worked for Columbia College as Special Assistant to the Dean for Academic Affairs.