Mary M. Keller, Ed.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Mary Keller serves as the President & CEO of the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC). She has been the organization’s executive leader since 1998. The MCEC was recognized by First Lady Laura Bush in 2004 as the Congressional Club Charity of the Year and in 2008, was certified America's Best Charity by Independent Charities of America.
Dr. Keller was one of the founders of the Military Child Education Coalition, the nation’s only non-profit organization that serves around the world as an advocate for military children as they strive to meet the challenges of frequent transitions, parental deployments, loss and trauma.
Mary has served as a teacher and school administrator in several Texas school districts for over 21 years. She served for eight years as assistant superintendent and area superintendent for education services for the Killeen Independent School District, which today serves over 20,000 military connected children and the nation’s largest military installation, Fort Hood.
Mary was born on the High Plains of Texas (Plainview) and graduated from Wayland Baptist University in 1979 with a degree in Elementary Education. She received a Master’s degree in Education with a specialization in curriculum and instruction from Wayland in 1984. She earned her doctorate, in Educational Administration with a special emphasis in supervision in 1990 at Texas Tech University. She holds professional certification in teaching elementary, as well as history, supervision, mid-management, and superintendency. She also holds a mediation certification from the Texas Bar Association.
She and her late husband Jerry have two adult children, Harrison Keller and Mary Emily Pardue, and seven grandchildren.