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Fall 2013

Dr. Fedrick Retires after 42 Years

Few people know Marywood the way Dr. Mary Anne Fedrick (B.A. ’68, M.S. ’72, M.A. ’80) does. When someone asks how long she’s been at Marywood, the answer sounds like a string of zingers in a comedian’s monologue: longer than half the buildings...longer than a lot of the trees...longer than the name “University.” She was here before there were men on campus—let alone men’s varsity sports teams. She was here when a “smart classroom” meant there were exceptionally bright students in it.

She has been an undergraduate student, a graduate student, an alumna (with a bachelor’s and two master’s degrees), a library faculty member, a library director, an admissions director, an enrollment officer, and an academic dean. As of June 30, Dr. Fedrick has been enjoying a new Marywood role—that of retiree.

With the exception of the three years that she taught Latin at what was once Scranton Central High School, Dr. Fedrick’s whole career has been at Marywood. She served as the Dean of the Reap College of Education and Human Development since 2004. In this role, she enjoyed mentoring faculty, expanding research opportunities for students, strengthening the doctoral programs, and helping to shape the Reap College’s identity. Her personal career highlights also include successfully implementing the first automated library system at Marywood (as Library Director), increasing enrollment and admissions (as Interim Director of Undergraduate Admissions), and the acceptance of Marywood’s recent Middle States periodic review report (as the Steering Committee Chair).

As a distinguished educator, Dr. Fedrick has researched the areas of technology integration, organizational culture, and organizational change. She also became the ultimate “go to” individual for questions about university policies, practices, and almost everything else. During her 42 years at Marywood, she reflected, the one thing that has remained constant is change.  

“I see myself as a student of change. My dissertation was about change, and I’ve studied change,” Dr. Fedrick explained. “I’ve seen a great deal of change since I came to Marywood, and there will be more when I leave.”

What she will miss, however, are the people and the community she has known and loved for so long.

“I think the people and the sense of community make Marywood what it is,” said Dr. Fedrick. “Reflecting back, I have seen so much growth and expansion, and yet I am always struck by the fact that while Marywood expands and changes physically and even academically, the core values and mission have never wavered or changed. The spirit of Marywood remains true and strong.”

Throughout her tenure at Marywood, she served the University as a faithful volunteer, helping with efforts from fundraising for the Marywood Fund, to participating in phonathons, serving on reunion committees, sending referrals for promising students, acting as a class agent, and helping with the Campus Campaign. Twice she served as a member of the Leadership Team for the Campus Campaigns.

During the recent Reunion Weekend, Dr. Fedrick was honored by the Marywood Alumni Association with the 2013 Sister Denis Donegan Award for Long-term Service to Marywood (see story on Page 26).

She observed, “Marywood is a physical place, but it’s also just a part of who you are…that’s what I will take with me. It’s been a great run.”

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Sister Anne Munley, IHM, President of the University; Dr. Mary Anne Fedrick; Sally McDonough (Dr. Fedrick’s sister); and Dr. Diane Keller at the Cor Mariae Dinner in April.

“Reflecting back, I have seen so much growth and expansion, and yet I am always struck by the fact that while Marywood expands and changes physically and even academically, the core values and mission have never wavered or changed. The spirit of Marywood remains true and strong.”

- Dr. Mary Anne Fedrick



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