Mary H. Mundt, Ph.D., R.N., Nurs ’71, Grad ’84
Mary Mundt’s childhood dream of becoming a nurse evolved into a life filled with service to others — as a student, as a practicing nurse and in academia, now as the dean of the College of Nursing at Michigan State University.
After Mary received her nursing degree from Marquette, which she chose because of the Jesuit tradition of values-based education, she worked in public health. She received a master’s degree in the field from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Mary returned to Milwaukee, joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and began her doctoral program in curriculum and instruction in Marquette’s College of Education.
“The doctoral education I received at Marquette prepared me for an academic career aimed at influencing the design of nursing curricula and preparing nurses for health care in the future,” she says. “My career has focused on curriculum development in nursing, research in public health nursing practice and education, and the prevention of cancer.”
Mary has held several nursing education administrative positions, including dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Louisville, served on many national boards, and participated in many local, regional and state activities.
She is quick to credit her family, saying her career has been made possible because of her husband, Charlie, Arts ’69, Grad ’75; and sons Karl, Patrick and Kevin, Comm ’96.