Margie is Professor Emerita from Mount Vernon Nazarene University, retired in June of 2011 after serving for 33 years. At the Mount Vernon Nazarene University, she was Professor of Mathematics and Director of Institutional Research.
Margie earned her B.A. in Mathematics from Olivet Nazarene University in 1969. She completed her M.Ed. in Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois in 1971 and her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, also from the University of Illinois in 1976.
Dr. Bennett’s affiliations include the following:
National - The Higher Learning Commission (HLC): Institutional Actions Council (IAC); (HLC) Peer Reviewer and Team Chair; Recognition Award for 30 years of service in December, 2020.
State - Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA): OSBA Board of Trustees and Executive Committee; Past President, Central Region; Legislative Platform Committee; Student Leadership Team; past member of the Nominating Committee and Capital Conference Planning Committee; named Master Board Member, 2014; recipient of several OSBA Awards of Achievement and the OSBA STAR Award for Service 2021.
Ambassador and former Board Member, Knox County Chamber of Commerce
Vice President, Knox County Career Center
Member, Delta Kappa Gamma, Alpha Pi Chapter and the Finance Committee
Former Chair, Academic Judges, Knox County Distinguished Young Women
Member, Knox Alliance for Racial Equity (KARE)
Member, Choir and Ladies Bible Study, Lakeholm Church of the Nazarene
Member, Mount Vernon Bible Study Fellowship (BSF)
Participant, Mental Health First Aid Training for Youth Ages 12-18 in Knox County, 2016
Participant, Area Development Foundation (ADF) Economic Development 101 Day, 2019
Margie was first elected to the Mount Vernon Board of Education in 1987, and was most recently re-elected in November, 2019, for a term that will expire in December of 2023.
Margie was married on October 16, 1965, to Dr. Fordyce R. Bennett, Professor Emeritus and former Chair of the English Department, Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Their children and grandchildren are Kari Haxhinasto (Sokol) of Brookfield, Connecticut, with Grace (17), Ansel (13), and Micah (11); and Kristi Gruver (Aaron) of Zionsville, Indiana, with Rebecca (10) and Matthew (8).
Margie feels honored to serve the children and young people of the Mount Vernon community. She counts it a privilege to serve along with four outstanding and dedicated board members.