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Veteran Educator Mary Long Named to UCM Board of Governors

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Oct. 21, 2008) – Missouri Governor Matt Blunt has announced the appointment of longtime Kansas City area educator Mary A. Long to the UCM Board of Governors.

Long fills the unexpired term of Michelle Patterson Wimes, Kansas City, who resigned her post earlier this year. She serves through Jan. 1, 2011.

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Mary A. Long

Extensive Career in Secondary and Higher Education

After beginning her career in education in 1968 as a teacher, coordinator and director, Long became dean of instruction and student services for the Metropolitan Community Colleges in 1983. She served at that post until 1986 when she became an assistant principal and principal respectively for the Kansas City Missouri School District’s Kansas City Technical Education Center. In 1997, she became a principal in the school district at Van Horn High School.

Recogzined for Professional Successes, Civic Involvement

Throughout Long’s professional career, she has received recognition for her work in education and involvement in civic and public service activities. This includes the National Association of Counties Training Award, the Chancellor’s Commendation for Assessment of Business and Industry Needs,  recognition from past U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Millard Fuller for Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.’s Habitat for Humanity home build in eight states, and recognition for her participation in The Children’s Defense Fund community crusade self help organization for children.

Long served as past board member for the YWCA, United Way, Women’s Chamber, and NAACP. Her professional affiliations include, several community organizations, which includes Societas Docta, Inc. Board of Directors, a national networking and mentoring organization for diverse women, working toward their doctoral degree.

Education Background

Long received a Bachelor of Science in Business Education degree from Alcorn A&M University, Alcorn, MS.; a Master of Science in Vocational Business Education degree from Mississippi State University; a Specialist in Secondary Administration degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a Doctor of Education in Career, Technical and Occupational Education from NOVA University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.