Mary Ann Gosnell


  • M.A., School Counseling, Lenoir-Rhyne University
  • B.A., Liberal Arts, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Mary Ann Gosnell is the inaugural associate dean and director of graduate student support and success of The Graduate School at Lenoir-Rhyne University.

When she joined LR in 2006, she initially served as the undergraduate admission event coordinator and soon added the high school program coordinator role. In addition, Gosnell coordinated the high school enrichment program, assisted in the formation of the High School Scholars Academy and served as the first liaison for both the High School Scholars Academy and University Christian High School. Eventually, she became an assistant director of enrollment management.

After six years, she transitioned into graduate student and adult program recruiting and admissions and became the associate director of enrollment management for graduate studies and adult programs. In 2015, Gosnell became director of graduate and adult program recruiting, and then in 2017, she was named the inaugural director of graduate admission. In this role, Gosnell assists in growing record graduate enrollment in Hickory, Asheville and Columbia.    

As the associate dean and director of graduate student support and success since 2020, Gosnell is responsible for the development and implementation of a comprehensive graduate student success program for all three campuses with a special focus on supporting current students in opportunities for academic achievement, career development, socialization and personal growth.

Gosnell was a member of the National Honor Society Chi Sigma Iota and its LR chapter, Lambda Rho Chi. She served on the Grace Chapel task group and is currently an instructor for life and career planning.

In the community, she was a co-founder and board member of the 501(c)(3) charity bicycle ride Brett’s Ride for Rhabdo, which raised over a million dollars for pediatric cancer research. In addition, she served on the Hickory Young Professional Advisory Council and was a mentor in Catawba County Council on Adolescents’ lunch buddy program.