Alumni Spotlight

Mary Beth McGrath Westmoreland '88

Mary Beth McGrath Westmoreland ’88

Mary Beth McGrath Westmoreland ’88

Mary Beth Westmoreland ’88 has been named one of the 2017 Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology by the National Diversity Council — a definitive list that honors the most extraordinary female leaders, influencers and achievers impacting the technology industry.

Earning a degree in mathematics/physics, she states, “My time at Immaculata prepared me for the world of programming and engineering, but also gave me the confidence and courage to jump into a challenging career. I look back at my time there and feel so grateful for the opportunities it afforded me and for friendships I still hold dear today.”

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Currently serving as senior vice president and chief technology officer for Blackbaud, a world-leading cloud software company, Westmoreland is responsible for leading Blackbaud’s worldwide technology strategy and planning across the company’s entire solution portfolio. This includes the development of strategic hardware and software to support Blackbaud’s innovative cloud capabilities, and also includes leadership of Blackbaud’s user experience, user education, cloud services, and mass market solutions engineering teams. She started with Blackbaud in 2008 and has over 30 years of experience in software engineering and product development.

Prior to joining Blackbaud, Westmoreland was vice president of research and development at Ipswitch, Inc. where she led product development for the company’s entire product portfolio, including the WS_FTP family of products and WhatsUp Gold Network Monitoring and IMail Server product suites. Before Ipswitch, she spent 15 years at the Savannah River National Laboratory where she started as a programmer and eventually managed the company’s Enterprise and Technical Systems Engineering organizations.

Active in her community, Westmoreland is a member of the board of directors of the South Carolina chapter of the Make-a-Wish Foundation and a computer science advisory board member for Clemson University, and is actively involved in a variety of STEM programs and Women in Technology initiatives.

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