May 30, 2019 — Northfield Mount Hermon has named Mary E. McEneany its new assistant head of school for finance and operations and chief operating officer. A 30-plus-year resident of the Pioneer Valley, McEneany previously held senior financial and operational roles in several educational and nonprofit organizations in the region. She will begin her new role at NMH July 8.
“Mary brings to NMH broad and deep experience in school finance and operations,” said Brian H. Hargrove, NMH head of school designate. “I believe she will be a strong collaborator, an outstanding partner, a thoughtful leader, and an advocate for the finance and operations team.”
McEneany will provide strategic leadership in the areas of finance and accounting, overseeing the school’s facilities, human resources, real-estate-related transactions, risk management, information technology, dining, and auxiliary services. McEneany will develop and manage the school’s $40 million annual operating budget and help shape long-term investment strategies for the $160 million endowment.
“Mary’s references noted her leadership skills, her ability to communicate complex financial matters in the community, and her success in cultivating relationships in the broader business and educational communities,” Hargrove said.
“I have a profound respect for Northfield Mount Hermon’s traditions and I share the values expressed in NMH’s mission,” McEneany said. “It will be a privilege and delight to serve this community of learners engaged in such inspiring work.”
After completing a bachelor’s degree in economics at Iona College, she earned an MBA in nonprofit finance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass). McEneany also achieved master’s-level certification in school business administration at the Massachusetts School of Liberal Arts.
Since 2015, McEneany has been vice president for administration and finance and treasurer at Hampshire College. She oversaw all campus business and administrative operations, and developed and administered a budget of $54 million.
Earlier in her career, she served as chief administrative officer at the nonprofit Center for Human Development, chief financial and operations officer at Community Action, associate director for administration and finance at UMass, and chief business officer for the Greenfield public schools and the Pioneer Valley Regional School District.