Associate Professor and Director of Social Work; BA, University of Montana; MSW, University of Vermont
Mary Clay Thomas is the social work program director and an associate professor of social work at Mary Baldwin. She relocated to Staunton, Va in 2008 after spending twelve years studying, practicing and teaching social work in Burlington, Vermont. A graduate of Saint Timothy’s School, an all female high school in Stevenson, Maryland, she went on to earn her BA from the University of Montana in English and Psychology and an MSW from the University of Vermont where she was a recipient of the Vermont Title-IVE Child Welfare Scholarship.
Before coming to Mary Baldwin, Mary Clay taught social work courses, supervised field work, and advised the social work club at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. She practiced as a child protection social worker, school social worker, and worked with community programs supporting the independence of elders while in Vermont.
At Mary Baldwin, Mary Clay serves as the faculty adviser to the Social Work Club and oversees the international social work field placement in Honduras. She is an active community member, recently serving as Board Chair, at the United Way of Greater Augusta. She is the mother of two girls and is an avid runner, hiker, gardener and loves traveling to new places.