Mary Kay Shields to retire

April 11, 2018


Educational service provider, CS Partners, announced today that Mary Kay Shields intends to step down as President July 1, 2018 as she prepares to retire. She will remain with the company after that date to complete special projects.

Shields, consistently driven by her passionate belief that all children deserve a quality education, began her long career as a special education teacher. She left the classroom to work on school finance and policy reform through her service with the Michigan House and Senate fiscal agencies. Later, she served as former Gov. John Engler’s Special Advisor for Charter Schools Development.

In 1999, Shields joined Central Michigan University, where she worked with the Center for Charter Schools and was Special Advisor to the President for Capitol Relations. In 2001, she left CMU to serve as the founding President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Charter Schools Institute. Shields also helped establish and oversee operations of five alternative, urban charter high schools, primarily affiliated with Covenant House and serving homeless, teenage dropouts. She also founded and ran, as the Executive Director, the first in the nation Michigan Public Educational Facilities Authority, where she successfully helped charter public schools gain access to facility financing funds.

Since joining CS Partners in 2013, Mary Kay Shields has been the driving force behind successful corporate initiatives that have helped build upon the company mission. “We are very thankful for the support, guidance and expertise that Mary Kay has brought to CS Partners,” said Maria Dockins, CEO of CS Partners and Partner Solutions. “She has developed a strong team that is well-positioned to support our schools as we go forward.”

“All children deserve the opportunity for a bright future through the delivery of a meaningful education,” Shields said. “I am grateful that I’ve been involved in initiatives and worked with professionals throughout my career that have allowed me to focus on my passion.”

Chris Matheson, Senior Vice President at CS Partners, has been named President-Elect and will step into the role on July, 1.