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Midland University CGPS Welcomes New Walker School of Education Dean

• 7/13/22
Mary Ritzdorf

Midland University’s Center for Graduate & Professional Studies is proud to announce the recent addition of Mary Ritzdorf as the new Walker School of Education Dean. 

Ritzdorf is one of several new faculty members joining the Walker School of Education. Dr. Cammy Romanuck Murphy will serve as the Director of Graduate Programs, while Nancy Christensen was recently promoted to Coordinator of the Teacher Career Ladder program.

Coming from Exeter, NE Ritzdorf loved growing up in a small town. As her parents ran the local newspaper for more than 40 years, Ritzdorf reflects on how this built her personal work ethic and how it drives her even today.

“There are so many wonderful people who work hard and are very devoted to their work, farms, religion and families back home. I learned my work ethic from my parents as they were very hard workers and they taught me the value of working as a team to accomplish our goals.”

Ritzdorf earned her: undergraduate degree at College of Saint Mary, a graduate degree in Curriculum and Instruction as well as a Master of Educational Leadership from Doane University and her doctorate from College of Saint Mary in Educational Leadership. 

Ritzdorf’s career in education spans nearly 40 years, beginning with a 32-year tenure with Millard Public Schools, in which she served in various roles at both the elementary and middle school levels. After retiring from MPS, she was an assistant professor for math and technology at Doane University and also oversaw the supervision of student teachers. Ritzdorf moved to her alma mater, College of St. Mary, in 2019 where she served as Assistant Director for Education.

Ritzdorf looks forward to joining the Midland community with an eager attitude. “There are many opportunities to grow the programs that Midland has currently available. Midland is so warm and welcoming to everyone.”

“President Jody Horner and CAO Dr. Jamie Simpson made me feel at home. From the first moment I stepped into the office of Education at the Anderson Complex, the faculty and staff were very inviting to me. I knew that this was a group of professionals that I would want to work with and have on my team.”

In her role as Dean, Ritzdorf will be overseeing the entire CGPS department. It’s an opportunity she’s looking forward to and she plans to be engaged in many capacities.

“I am excited to see our graduate programs grow. In the near future we will be adding more graduate programs and degrees to make our programs even stronger. We are in the process of adding an online Doctorate of Education which will meet the needs of our growing population.”

Mary Ritzdorf has three grown boys: Connor, Evan and Jordan as well as a granddaughter, Genevieve.

The Center for Graduate and Professional Studies at Midland University has 11 programs across five colleges. Plus, a talented team of faculty and staff that are available to help students find the right program to fit their lifestyle and career goals.


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