MU Partnership for Educational Renewal

MPER Director Mary A. Laffey

MPER Co-Director

Dr. Mary A. Laffey was chosen as the new Director of MPER following a search that involved college faculty and partner school adminstrators from across the state. Many will know Dr. Laffey from her extraordinary service as a teacher, principal, and a district administrator with Columbia School District, from which she retired in2011 as Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources. In addition to serving as a half-time appointed Director of MPER, Mary also serves as the Senior Advisor for the Kansas City School District. She received her BS, MEd, and PhD degrees from the MU College of Education where she has served as an adjunct professor for nearly 20 years, in addition to coordinating ELPA's recent EdS and PhD cohort programs in Kansas City.