Mary Thomas

Assistant Professor


Mary received her BA from St. Catherine University and considers it an honor to be back! After graduating from St. Kate’s she continued her education receiving her MBA with focuses in Management and Quantitative Analysis, and later her Doctorate in Leadership. Mary has been teaching higher education on an adjunct basis since 1998, and her industry experience consists of 20 years of leadership in the fitness/wellness industry. Mary's hobbies include exercise, healthy cooking, and writing/blogging about wellness. She also enjoys traveling and takes at least two vacations every year, usually one involving somewhere warm during the winter months. Teaching is Mary's passion and she considers it her life's calling.

Current research interests are all in the area of leadership:

  • Women and Transformational Leadership
  • Mothers Leading Daughters
  • Effective Leadership within the Fitness Industry

Doctor of Education in Leadership
St. Mary's University

Master of Business Administration, Management and Quantitative Analysis focus
Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, Minnesota

Bachelor of Arts, Economics
St. Catherine University, St. Paul, Minnesota

  • Quantitative Methods for Managers
  • Foundations for Personal and Team Leadership
  • Managing People and Organizations
  • Managing a Diverse Workforce
  • Strategic Management
  • Principles of Management
  • Statistics for the Social Sciences
  • The Reflective Woman

Adjunct Instructor/Professor since 1998 – Full time since 2014

Twenty years in the fitness/wellness industry as a leader, mentor, and presenter, 1994–2014

Social Services, 1991–1994