MANSFIELD, PA—Marie McKee, the president of the Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) in Corning, NY, will be the speaker at Mansfield University's 149th Commencement on Saturday, December 14, at 1 p.m. in Decker Gymnasium.
“Marie McKee is a true leader in her industry, her community and our region,” MU President Fran Hendricks said in making the announcement. “Her commitment to education and excellence is the kind of message we want our newest graduates to hear. We are honored to have Maria speak at our Commencement.”
McKee has served as president of CMoG since 1998 and has led the Museum in its vision to be the international leader in glass scholarship, education, and preservation. Building on the outstanding scholarship of the institution, McKee has focused on creating programming and facilities that provide a rich and vibrant museum experience for visitors from around the world. In addition, she has helped build the Museum into a strong cultural and educational center for the local community.
Under her leadership, the Museum completed a $65 million capital reconstruction project in 2001. It included the renovation of the Rakow Research Library, an expansion of its studio, creation of the “Hot Glass Show” and a renovation of the main Museum building.
From 1998 to 2008, McKee also served as chair of Steuben Glass, the world-renowned art glass maker founded by Frederick Carder. In 2008, she successfully led the sale of Steuben Glass to the Schottenstein Stores Corporation.
McKee joined Corning Incorporated in 1979 and held a series of human resources leadership positions, playing an instrumental role in designing and implementing Corning’s human resource strategies, business processes, and organization change efforts to increase both the human and business effectiveness of the company.
She holds both bachelors and master’s degrees from Purdue University and an M.B.A. Certificate in Management Development from Simmons College.
McKee serves on the boards of trustees for The Corning Museum of Glass, The Corning Foundation, The Rockwell Museum of Western Art, and The National Women’s Hall of Fame. She is a director of Duke Energy Corporation.