Mary McLean Dowdell, Ph.D.

Dr. Mary Dowdell earned a Ph.D. in Business Administration with a concentration in Public Administration from Northcentral University. She is a graduate of Hampton University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and earned a Master of Science in Public Administration from Strayer University.

Dr. Dowdell is a published author with her most recent book “Brick to Brick: The Building of a Black Family in America, published in 2020. She is the founder of Life Success by Dowdell, a training and consulting company.

Dr. Dowdell is a retired public and private child welfare administrator, serving in Richmond Virginia, Newport News Virginia, Tampa Florida, and retiring from Guilford County Social Services. She became Executive Director of Neighbor to Family Child Placement Services after retirement from social services and served in Greensboro and Atlanta Georgia until her retirement.

Dr. Dowdell also served as a member of Northcentral University Student Advisory Council from 2019 to 2022; member of America Society for Public Administration, 2017-Present; Student member – of American Planning Association, 2017-Present; Northcentral University Lambda Eta Chapter of Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society in Business, 2018-Present.

She has held numerous roles in the community, including Reviewer, Building Stronger Neighborhoods Grant Review Committee, Greensboro N, 2007; Current Board Member, Mary’s House Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Center, Greensboro/High Point NC. 2006-2019. Commissioner, Greensboro Coliseum Commission, Greensboro NC, 2007-2013.  Currently, she is the finance director for the McLean Family Scholarship Group.

Dr. Mary Dowdell is a member of Evangel Fellowship Church and is credentialed as an evangelist missionary under the Churches of God in Christ.