MARY PATAssistant Dean for Academic Budget and Administration, Wellesley College
What industry/job did you come from previously?
Most recently I was the administrator and treasurer of the local soccer club. Previously I worked as a chemist in a hospital research laboratory.
Why did you choose to pursue your career in the higher education sector?
I have always been interested in the education field and Wellesley College was in my community. The opportunity to work at a woman’s college was very appealing.
What’s a normal day like for you?
Much of my day is spent working with faculty and students on various matters ranging from individual inquiries about funding to organizing a major conference highlighting student achievement. I am involved with several important college-wide committees that meet regularly and work on significant projects for the college. For example: the Budget Advisory Committee and the new Campus Center Committee.
What is the greatest benefit of working in higher education and why?
My personal greatest benefit has been the growth I have experienced since coming to Wellesley College. The people I work with at Wellesley have been very encouraging and supportive of my professional development.
If I had to sum up my job in one word, it would be rewarding.