Notre Dame College Appoints Dean of Enrollment and Interim Dean of Adult, Graduate and Professional Programs

Notre Dame College has named Beth Ford, M.A., previously dean of admissions and financial aid, the new dean of enrollment and hired Mary Ann Schneider, Ph.D., as interim dean of the Finn Center for Adult, Graduate and Professional Programs.

In addition to admissions and financial aid, in her new role, Ford is responsible for retention, orientation, athletic recruitment and enrollment marketing, among other related duties.

Ford, who has been with the College 13 years, earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Notre Dame and a master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Akron.

At the helm of the Finn Center, Schneider is responsible for all aspects of online and post-traditional educational programming and administrative functions. She will manage the College’s collaboration with its online education partner The LearningHouse.

Schneider, who also has been appointed an assistant professor of education at Notre Dame, was chief of academics for White Hat Management, which operates 36 charter schools in six states.

With White Hat, she previously worked as vice president of Distance & Electronic Learning Academies (DELA), managing three statewide public K-12 online charter schools in Ohio, and as superintendent of all operations for one of the DELA online schools.

Before joining White Hat, Schneider was executive director of Capital University’s Cleveland Center; senior director for student life and enrollment management at the University of Akron Wayne College in Orrville, Ohio; and project coordinator for the Paul H. Jones Child Development Center and part of the center for Educational Leadership Service, both at the Kent campus of Kent State University.

Also with Kent State, Schneider was director of academic affairs and student services for the Geauga Campus and director of student life and career services at the Trumbull Campus.

Schneider earned her master’s degree and doctorate, both in educational administration, from Kent State University.