"Dr. McDonald is the consummate professional in the education field with a keen intellect, great wisdom, outstanding leadership qualities, and a winsome personality. Moreover, her strength of character, and integrity serve her well as an outstanding role model."
Fred Smith, Chairman, CEO of FedEx
“Dr. McDonald’s good work helps ensure our Nation’s youth have the knowledge, skills, and character necessary to succeed and I am grateful for her dedicated efforts.”
George W. Bush, President, United State of America
"Thank you for the best news clipping of the year. One has to love Dr. McDonald's "What is the name of the Good Samaritan?" Marvelous."
William F. Buckley, Jr., National Review
"The most successful model of all may well be in Memphis under the diocese's school superintendent, Mary McDonald. The diocese has actually opened twelve schools in seven years."
Samuel B. Friedman, The New York Time
"Everything for us boils down to leadership. When you've competent, and compassionate leaders like Dr. McDonald, you can overcome enormous obstacles."
Tom Marino, Executive Director of the Poplar Foundation
"The Diocese of Memphis has a very talented, impassioned superintendent of schools named Dr. Mary McDonald, and she has led the charge on behalf of the Diocese."
Barbara Hyde, President, The Hyde Family Foundation
“Dr. Mary McDonald can take credit for reinvigorating a school system that was experiencing, for a variety of reasons, a steady decline in enrollment. She has led a successful effort to reopen Catholic schools in the inner city, which was made possible by a multimillion-dollar donation by two local businessmen. McDonald has had a long and successful career in education. Those who know her link that success to the type of person she is. She believes every child can learn and should have access to a quality education, and that education should be experienced in an atmosphere of diversity and caring. Luckily for Memphis and the nation, she’ll continue her advocacy for urban Catholic schools as a national education consultant.”
Memphis Commercial Appeal – May 7, 2012
The following is a partial list of professional engagements
NCEA Convention, Keynote Speaker, 2012 Boston MA
Retreats/Professional Days/Keynotes for Arch/dioceses of:
Universities/ Schools/ Organizations: (Partial list)