Mary McKinney, Ph.D.
Dr. Mary T. McKinney has been the Director of the Duquesne University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) since 1986. The SBDC consults with and trains over 1500 business owners annually and is the organizer of the annual Entrepreneur’s Growth Conference. During her tenure as SBDC Director, Dr. McKinney has supervised several federal, state, and regional grants during her tenure at the SBDC, including two from the European Union, two Mexico-US AID Ties Partnership grants, a U.S. Department of Commerce MDCP grant and two U.S. Department of Education, Business and International Education grants. She was selected as an inaugural member of Duquesne’s Office of Research Hall of Fame for success in fund raising.
She is a community leader in small business including involvement as the Chairperson of the Western PA Small Business Network, coordinator of the Southwestern PA Entrepreneurial Assistance Network, past President of the PA Small Business Development Centers, and past Chair of Urban Redevelopment Authority Loan Review Committee. She has won the SBA Women in Business Advocate and the Celebrate & Share Woman of Achievement awards. The Duquesne University SBDC, in collaboration with the Wharton and Rutgers-Camden SBDCs was the winner of the SBA Champions of Collaboration award in 2012 for the Philadelphia District and Region 3.
Dr. McKinney obtained her Ph.D. in Public Administration and MPIA (Master of Public and International Affairs) degrees from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Goucher College in Towson, Md.. She is an AEE Certified Renewable Energy Professional and NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional. She serves on the Board of Directors of NASBITE.
Prior to her tenure at Duquesne University, Dr. McKinney served as the computer systems manager and consultant with H. B. Maynard Consulting firm (specializing in industrial engineering) where she designed and managed the development of Maynard’s most successful software product, the MOST Computer System-- a productivity improvement system with international distribution. Dr. McKinney is the co-author of a text on business management, has published articles in professional journals, written chapters in two books, and has presented several refereed papers and workshops at small business and international trade national conferences.