We are most pleased to honor Mary Magnano Smith Ed.D. as our Alumna of the Year for 2012. Dr Smith has worked tirelessly in the administration and development for Schools of the Sacred Heart on the West Coast and for the improvement of the lives of all women.
A graduate of Forest Ridge Academy in Seattle, Dr Smith enrolled in the San Francisco College for Women as a freshman and earned her BA and MAT. She then taught in the Schools of the Sacred Heart in San Francisco and in the Oakland Public School district. During this time she served as the organizing Chairperson of the American Women’s Club of Luxembourg and initiated the first scholarship for a Luxembourg student to attend classes in the US.
In 1988, Dr Smith became the Assistant Dean for the McLaren School of Business at USF, then Associate Dean for Administration and External Affairs. Concurrent with these duties Dr Smith was earning her Ed.D from USF in 1992.
Dr Smith was Director of Development for the Schools of the Sacred Heart in San Francisco from 1994 – 2000; she initiated and planned the opening of Stuart Hall High School for Boys, worked on a capital campaign that achieved its goal of $30 million dollars for the boys’ high school and for an Arts and Science complex on the Broadway campus.
Dr Smith returned to Seattle in 2000 to serve as Head of School of the Forest Ridge School, until her retirement in 2009. Since then, she has served as a consultant for non-profit institutions, such as USF, Women’s Clinic in San Francisco as well as the Archdiocese of Oakland Catholic Schools.
In all of these endeavors, in the many roles she served in, with the rich and varied individuals and groups she has interacted with, Dr Smith has been and continues to be a wonderful embodiment of the values of the Religious of the Sacred Heart.