MC appoints new disabilities specialist in Academic Resource Center

Mary Bea Eaton, who has more than 20 years of experience working with people with disabilities, was recently named the disabilities specialist in Marietta College’s Academic Resource Center.

“I am thrilled to have Mary Bea join the Academic Resource Center,” said Debra Higgins, Director of the ARC. “We are fortunate to find someone with her experience and background and I believe the MC community will benefit.”

Eaton assists students with documented disabilities in their studies at Marietta College. She has a bachelor’s degree in public administration from West Liberty State College, and a master’s degree in special education from West Virginia University.

Eaton has a diverse background, which includes working with social services, treating adolescents in a clinical setting, and teaching special education. Eaton also has a background in executive management, having served as vice president for ResCare, one of the largest companies in America dealing primarily with supporting the disabled. As VP, she was responsible for operations in the Eastern region of the U.S.

The disabilities specialist position at MC was recently upgraded from a five-hour-a-week position to at least 20 hours a week.

Eaton will serve as a liaison between disabled students and the faculty of the college. If a disabled student needs an accommodation, Eaton meets with the student and works on a suitable arrangement.