The Success Story of Dr. Judith Dozier Hackman '63
"I treasure my MacMurray experience - the campus, the traditions, the faculty, the courses, and my classmates. I grew up in the small central Illinois town of Pawnee, and MacMurray College was the perfect place for me. Mac will always be my undergraduate college even though I spent my senior year at the University of Illinois after marrying Richard Hackman '62 (Dr. Richard Lisensky, our Sociology professor, married us). The education I received at MacMurray was, in my opinion, on a par with top colleges around the country. As an alumna representative on MacMurray College's Board of Trustees these past five years, I have been very pleased to learn that we still have a great faculty and to see the high quality of the board - both alumni and community members. I am very excited about our leader, President Colleen Hester!"
Judith Dozier Hackman grew up in Pawnee, Illinois and attended MacMurray College from 1959 to 1962. While at MacMurray, she was a member of the student legislature and band and received the Conlee-Kent cup for the junior woman most representing the college ideals of knowledge, faith, and service. After leaving MacMurray to be with her husband, Richard, whom she met while playing in MacMurray's band, Judith received her bachelor of arts degree with honors, in social studies from the University of Illinois. In 1970, she graduated with a master's of science with thesis commendation, in educational research from Southern Connecticut State University. In 1983, she earned her PhD from the University of Michigan in higher education research and administration with a psychology cognate.
Hackman began her career as a history teacher at Oakwood High School in Fithian, Illinois, where she taught from 1963 to 1966. She spent time as a research assistant and collaborator on various education and psychology projects afterward and was introduced to Yale University as director of the Yale College criteria study in 1971. It didn't take long for Yale to appoint her as the special projects director of the Office of Institutional Research. From this position, she worked as associate director and then was appointed director in 1982, where she served until 1987. From 1987 to 1995, Hackman was associate dean for administrative affairs at Yale College. From 1996 through 1998, she was the director of corporate and foundation relations and assistant to the provost at Yale and is currently the associate dean for assessment at Yale College and director of the Teaching Fellow Program in the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Hackman is responsible for a number of programs at Yale including: director of learning assessment, coordinator of university accreditation, member and past chair of classroom planning committees, and administrative director of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Bioscience Program Grant, as well as holding positions on several other Yale University advisory boards and committees.
Hackman is a former president of the Greater New Haven Community Loan Fund and a past member of the WYBC radio station board. She served as a national president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education and is currently a member of the MacMurray College Board of Trustees. As chair of three successful Yale United Way campaigns, Hackman doubled annual giving of the Yale community for which she received the United Way of Greater New Haven "Volunteer of the Year Award".
Hackman is the mother of two children and a grandmother of four. She resides in Bethany, Connecticut, with her husband, Richard '62, daughter and son-in-law, Laura and Matthew Codeanne and grandson, Mattox.