UMass Amherst College of Education alumna Dr. Mary F. Lenox (Ed.D. 1975) was recently honored as a recipient of the Chicago Teachers College / Chicago State University Alumni Association’s 2008 Golden Alumna Award. The award is bestowed upon an alumna or alumnus who is 70 years of age or older, in honor of their consistent service, commitment and dedication to the advancement of Chicago State University.
“I’m honored that they would recognize me in this way,” Lenox said, reached at her home in the Southside of Chicago. “CSU was my first college after high school. This is especially gratifying, to have the recognition from my undergraduate institution.”
Born on the Westside of Chicago, Lenox is a writer, poet, educator, librarian, researcher, university professor, and minister in training. For twelve years, she served as the first African-American dean at the University of Missouri-Columbia, as the Dean of the School of Library Information Science.
She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Chicago State University, Master of Arts degree from Dominican University, and Doctorate in Education from UMass Amherst College of Education. She has completed postdoctoral studies at Harvard University and was a visiting professor at the University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa. Her awards include Outstanding Young Woman in America and a Kellogg Leadership Fellowship.
Lenox in particular credits the UMass Amherst College of Education with her career path.
“UMass Amherst changed my life,” she said. “It gave me an opportunity to use my experience as I learned. It allowed me to move into and be successful in higher education.”