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Northwest Missouri State University


Mary Hamilton Purdy '72

Mary Hamilton Purdy '72

Hometown

Savannah, Missouri

Current City

Davidsonville, Maryland

Northwest Foundation Board Member


Board Involvement

  • Executive Board
  • Membership Committee Chair
  • Indoor Activity Center and Ag Champion Committees

Education

  • M.A. Human Resources; Webster University, St. Louis, 1977
  • M.A.; National Defense University, Washington DC, 1990
  • M.A.; Naval War College, 1982
  • B.A. Psychology (with honors); Northwest Missouri State University, 1972

About

Mrs. Purdy was a Lead Associate at Booz I Allen I Hamilton, a leading provider of consulting services to the US government in defense, intelligence, and civil markets. Mrs. Purdy's clients included several Department of Defense Headquarters level organizations in cyberspace and Information Technology (IT). In 2010 she received the Department of the Navy Meritorious Public Service Award from the Chief Information Officer. She continues to consult on enterprise cyberspace and cybersecurity workforce and human capital planning solutions. Before joining Booz Allen, Mrs. Purdy served as a career Naval officer with experience in anti-submarine warfare, intelligence, operations, and joint warfighting. As a Senior Military Fellow at the National Defense University, Wargaming Center she developed and conducted political military simulations and provided subject matter expertise on China's relationship with the West. Currently, Mrs. Purdy is a Senior Advisor to the US-Asia Institute (USAI); a non-governmental organization devoted to fostering understanding, and strengthening ties between the people and governments of the U.S. and Asia. In support of USAI she has led over ten US Congressional Staff Delegations to China. In addition to many philanthropic endeavors at the US Naval Academy, the Purdy family sponsors USNA midshipmen each academic year. Additionally, Mrs. Purdy is a Friend at the Petworth Library in Washington DC and a strong supporter of the Northwest Missouri State University Washington DC Alumni Group.

Why are you "forever green"?

In high school I wanted to join the Navy and "See the World." My parents convinced me to go to Northwest. This decision was a wise choice as I was able to "see" Europe after Sophomore and Junior academic years, and then later, as a Navy Officer. I can never give back what Northwest gave to me.