Mary L. Churchill

Professor of the Practice, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, Boston University
Chapter Member: Boston SSN

About Mary

Churchill's scholarship focuses on social justice and change management within education. She is the creator of Higher Ed Policy and University of Venus at Inside Higher Ed and has written over 100 op-eds and blog posts. Churchill is a strong advocate for equity in education. She serves on a number of local and national boards, including the Women’s Network Executive Council at the American Council on Education, Franklin Cummings Technology Board of Trustees, the EMPath Board, and Boston Public School’s Universal Pre-K Advisory Board. Internationally, she has worked extensively with government and university partners and is the recipient of two Fulbright awards.

In the News

"‘Direct Admissions’ Could Be Game-Changer for Some Colleges," Mary L. Churchill, CommonWealth Beacon, May 3, 2023.
"‘I Didn’t Think Any College Would Accept Me, but I Was Wrong’," Mary L. Churchill, Inside Higher Ed, February 5, 2023.
"Fewer Colleges Relying on Standardized Tests," Mary L. Churchill, CommonWealth Beacon, January 26, 2023.


"When Colleges Close: Leading in a Time of Crisis" (with David J. Chard) (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2021).

Written for leaders in both small colleges and larger universities who may find themselves facing mergers and closures, as well as for scholars of higher education who are interested in strategic planning.