Fulbright Honors Program
Mary Ellen was born in Delano, California, and grew up in Springfield, Missouri. Her parents are retired academicians from Missouri State University; Dr. Holt V. Spicer, former Debate Coach, Communication Department Chair, and Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities and Marion Spicer, English professor.
Mary Ellen has a B.A. in Music from Missouri State University. She is married to Hershel Hartford and they have six children, Emily Heard, Rhiannon Strick, Jasmine Cloud, Malyssa Semcken, James Fry, and Gracie Hartford, and six grandchildren. She enjoys singing, both at St. Paul's Episcopal Church and with the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas Singers. She has sung on tour several times, including singing solos in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and St. Mark's Cathedral in Venice. She also loves to read and cook.
Mary Ellen has been with the Fulbright College Honors Program for almost 10 years, and had been Administrative Secretary in the Department of Music at Missouri State University for five years before that. She also has extensive management experience from years in restaurants and convenience stores. She loves working with bright students and making them feel at home.
B.A., Music, Missouri State University