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Collin College Names New Vice President/Provost At McKinney's Central Park Campus

Dr. Mary McRae was named vice president/provost of the Collin College Central Park Campus in McKinney.

Dr. Mary McRae was named vice president/provost of the Collin College Central Park Campus in McKinney.

August 7, 2008 - Collin College announced the appointment of Dr. Mary McRae as the vice president/provost of the Central Park Campus in McKinney. She will assume the role Aug. 15.

Dr. McRae brings more than 26 years of experience in higher education, including 22 years at Collin College. Under her leadership as vice president of student development at the college, her division earned an exemplary rating from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

According to Dr. J. Robert Collins, who chairs the Collin College Board of Trustees, "Dr. McRae has demonstrated not only leadership, but an extraordinary ability to earn respect and support from colleagues and employees. I have no doubt that her promotion will have a profound impact on the students, the campus and the community."

For McRae, the move is a homecoming of sorts because she started her Collin College career at the Central Park Campus. Through her tenure, she has demonstrated a passion for service both within the college district and the community. She was named "21 for the 21st Century" by Inside Collin County Business and selected as a member of the National Charity League. She served as an advisory committee member on the Collin County Council on Family Violence and the Prince of Peace Development Committee. She also graduated from Leadership Plano Class 20 and serves on the Junior League of Plano's Advisory Committee.

"This is a pivotal time for Central Park Campus because it is undergoing a major transformation," said college president Dr. Cary Israel. "This expansion will profoundly change the curriculum as well as the facilities, and Dr. McRae's leadership will be invaluable."

The Central Park Campus had traditionally concentrated on health sciences, but the expansion will add a full range of general education coursework. "About 1,000 students who live in McKinney currently commute to our Spring Creek Campus in Plano for general education classes. The expansion will allow those students to have a comprehensive collegiate experience closer to home and earn a degree on campus in McKinney," Dr. Israel said.

Dr. McRae earned a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of North Texas. She also holds a master of science degree from Drake University and a bachelor of arts degree from Central Michigan University.

Collin College serves more than 46,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.