Mary Higgins is just over a week into her new leadership role at Marian High School in Omaha.
She took over as the school's President July 1 and has had no problem finding her way around. Not only did Mary graduate from Marian, so did her daughter who is now in her final year of Med School at Creighton.
"She was the smart one in the family," explained Higgins in an interview with WOWT 6 News. "When she was a freshman in college, she called me and asked for the email of her calculus teacher because she wanted to thank her for making calculus so easy in college."
Higgins feels the same way about her education at Marian. "The staff prides itself in building confident women."
Leadership is a common role for Higgins who was class president in high school and later a successful softball coach at Creighton where several of her teams qualified for the Women's College World Series.
"I think teaching is coaching, I think serving as an administrator is coaching, speaking to their strengths and getting them to do what they can do best."..
That's why even though many of her new duties are external, Higgins plans to have plenty of interaction with the students.
"I want them to know who the president is, I want them to know how much I love this place how enthusiastic I am about the fact that they are here. I won't teach them in the classroom but I want to be around them an soak up that energy."
Something Higgins also exudes.