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Pamela Fox

President

Pamela Fox

Dr. Fox, a pianist and musicologist, has served as President and Professor of Music at Mary Baldwin University since July 2003.  Under her leadership, Mary Baldwin has become a distinctive small coeducational university that maintains its historic commitment to the Mary Baldwin College for Women.  MBU cultivates innovation and academic excellence through a constellation of signature programs.

Fox led the establishment of the Spencer Center for Civic and Global Engagement to foster inclusive community and civic and global citizenship.  Over her tenure, the university has established 25 new and enhanced academic programs, including the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences which opened in 2014 on a new campus in the heart of Augusta County’s thriving Blue Ridge Life Sciences corridor and offers Mary Baldwin’s first doctoral degrees.

Mary Baldwin University completed this year its $80 million comprehensive fundraising campaign.  Fox was instrumental in bringing the Heifetz International Music Institute to Staunton in 2012, with a new home on the Mary Baldwin campus for six weeks each summer.

Active nationally in higher education and a devoted leader in the Staunton/Augusta community, Dr. Fox was named the 2011 Citizen of the Year by the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce. She is a past member of the board of directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) and of the American Council on Education (ACE); past chair of the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV) and of the Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges (VFIC); trustee of the Frontier Culture Museum, of the American Shakespeare Center; and a member of Rotary International.

Prior to her tenure at Mary Baldwin, Dr. Fox served as a Professor of Music, Dean and Assistant Vice President for Strategic Planning at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio for 20 years. She earned her Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music.   Dr. Fox has published fourteen articles and books and presented scholarly papers around the world.

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Ty F. Buckman

Provost

Ty F. Buckman

Ty Buckman has a distinguished record as a teacher, scholar, and administrator. He came to Mary Baldwin University from Wittenberg University in Ohio, where he served in the various roles of vice president for strategic initiatives, faculty, associate provost for undergraduate affairs and curriculum, and as faculty development administrator.

“I have invested my professional career in institutions dedicated to excellence in the liberal arts, sciences, and pre-professional programs, and to helping them thrive in challenging times,” Buckman said. “I have deep respect for Mary Baldwin, an institution that has remained true to its core mission and identity while demonstrating remarkable resilience and innovation. I am truly honored and very excited to be joining the Mary Baldwin community.”

Buckman is an experienced peer evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission, a Teagle Assessment Scholar through the Center for Inquiry in the Liberal Arts, and a sought-after consultant and advisor for private colleges throughout the United States. His past experience also includes strategic planning development, alumni engagement, fundraising, and helping foster educational partnerships within the health care community.

He earned a PhD in English Renaissance literature and a master of arts in English literature from the University of Virginia and a bachelor of arts in English from Nyack College.

 

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Brig. Gen. Terry Djuric, US Air Force, Retired

Commandant of Cadets of the Virginia Women's Institute for Leadership, Special Assistant to the President

Brig. Gen. Terry Djuric, US Air Force, Retired

Brigadier General Terry Djuric is a retired United States Air Force brigadier general. Her last assignment was Deputy Director, Space and Intelligence Office, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, The Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Djuric was commissioned in 1983 through Officer Training School. She has operated space systems at three space wings and Headquarters 14th Air Force. In 2004, she deployed to Southwest Asia as Director of Space Forces for operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. She has commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels, and has served on staffs at the Air Force Personnel Center, U.S. Strategic Command and Headquarters U.S. Air Force. Prior to her current assignment, she was Commander, Jeanne M. Holm Center for Officer Accessions and Citizen Development, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.

Gen. Djuric is the commandant of cadets for the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership (VWIL) and special assistant to the president at Mary Baldwin College, effective October 1, 2013.

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Brooke Herndon

Vice President of University Advancement

Brooke Herndon

Brooke Herndon’s fundraising experience is broad and deep. Most recently, she has been a senior director with CCS, an international strategic fundraising and campaign management firm with clients across all philanthropic sectors. Previously, Herndon served as a major gifts officer for Project Hope, a global health NGO; as director of development at Grafton Integrated Health Network; and as executive director of Concern Hotline, a crisis hotline in Winchester. For the two years prior to coming to MBU, she oversaw and managed on-site strategy development for large complex fundraising campaigns, each exceeding their goals ahead of schedule.

“I am extremely excited to work with the entire Mary Baldwin community to advance our mutual goals,” Herndon said. “The mission of MBU is compelling to me, and I know that together we can garner resources to support our outstanding programs as well as build our endowment and pave the way to our future.”

Herndon joined MBU in January, 2017 to provide transitional support as a consultant following the departure of Sherri G. Mylott. After assisting the university in exceeding its $80 million goal of the Ever Ahead Campaign, Herndon accepted the permanent position of vice president of university advancement.

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James "Jim" McCoy

Interim Vice President of Enrollment Management

James "Jim" McCoy

Dr. James McCoy is interim vice president of enrollment at Mary Baldwin University.

“Dr. McCoy joins us at a significant time as we work to create the Mary Baldwin University that will lead us into the future,” said MBU President Pamela R. Fox. “He brings innovative direction to all facets of enrollment management and a wide breadth of experience with the strategic development of planning and policies at a variety of institutions of higher learning.”

McCoy most recently served as the chief enrollment officer — vice president for enrollment management — at the University of New Haven (UNH) in West Haven, Connecticut. There he oversaw undergraduate and graduate admissions, marketing, academic advising, athletics, and the registrar.

Prior to UNH, McCoy was vice provost, enrollment management, planning and policy at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where he led strategic enrollment management efforts, provided administrative oversight for the undergraduate and continuing education admissions offices, and developed a university-wide, five-year enrollment plan.

Previously, he also served as associate vice president, enrollment services at Xavier University in Cincinnati; associate vice president, enrollment services at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio; and director of the Division of Marketing and Recruitment/Undergraduate Admission and adjunct assistant professor of agriculture and extension education at Pennsylvania State University.

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David Mowen

Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration

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Aimee Rose

Vice President of External Affairs

Aimee Rose

An experienced integrated communications executive, most recently holding the title of senior vice president and client strategy director at Edelman in Washington, D.C., Aimee Rose serves as vice president of external affairs at Mary Baldwin University (MBU).

Rose has led digital strategy and campaigns across the media landscape to manage reputations, support brand positioning, and increase visibility. She has a proven record of turning client challenges into brand opportunities; developing and implementing messaging strategies; running integrated, cross-functional teams; and pioneering innovation initiatives to meet growth objectives.

“Having spent the better part of my career dedicated to helping brands effectively communicate who they are at their core, I see tremendous opportunity with MBU,” Rose said. “From the rich heritage to modern expansion and new horizons of innovation, the institution’s core mission remains unwavering with remarkable stories to share. I am truly honored to be joining Mary Baldwin at such an exciting time, and am thrilled to help bring these dynamic stories to life.”

From her work in the agency space, Rose brings to Mary Baldwin a wealth of experience leading digital PR and public affairs, communications, and marketing efforts for large, global brands — including SC Johnson, BP, and BlackBerry. During her tenure on BP, she supported brand reputation-building campaign efforts through both the Deepwater Horizonincident and the 2012 London Olympics sponsorship; she also ran point as the social media command center lead for the global product launch of the BlackBerry Z10 during her time working with RIM.

In addition to corporate clients, Rose supported organizations in the non-profit and government sectors including the IRS, Association of American Railroads, and The Ohio State University. Prior to her agency experience, she also helped to launch the Animal Planet network to United States and global audiences.

“Aimee brings an impressive background, high level of expertise, and bold and strategic vision to our efforts in communications, marketing, and public affairs on behalf of Mary Baldwin University,” said MBU President Pamela R. Fox. “A proven leader and able mentor, she understands how to be successful in enhancing performance and achieving institutional goals.”

In addition to Rose’s tenure at Edelman — a leading global communications marketing firm — she has also held leadership positions with Ogilvy Public Relations in Washington D.C, and Discovery Communications, Inc. in Silver Spring, MD.

She holds a bachelor of arts in journalism from the University of Rhode Island.

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Linda Seestedt-Stanford

Founding Vice President of the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences

Linda Seestedt-Stanford

Linda Seestedt-Stanford joined the team at Mary Baldwin University and the Murphy Deming College of Health Science from Western Carolina University (WCU), where she served as founding dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences, as well as interim provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs. While at WCU, Seestedt-Stanford oversaw 11 accredited programs in the health sciences, six at the graduate level. Among her many achievements, Seestedt-Stanford helped to create the vision and coordinated planning for a 170,000-square-foot health sciences building on WCU’s new “Millennial Campus.” Previously, Seestedt-Stanford was founding assistant dean at The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions at Central Michigan University (CMU), where she also supervised a new building project for that college. The new building was designated by the Chronicle of Higher Education (2005) as the most technologically advanced educational facility in the country.  Prior to her tenure in the dean’s office at CMU, Seestedt-Stanford was director of clinical instruction and services in the Department of Communication Disorders. In that capacity she expanded clinical services to deaf and hard of hearing individuals in central and northern Michigan, creating numerous satellite facilities.  In her role as a faculty member she mentored and supported a new generation of audiologists and helped initiate one of the first doctor of audiology programs in the nation. She has held numerous state and national board positions and has published widely in her field. Additionally, Seestedt-Stanford maintained a private practice for more than 20 years in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.

She earned a PhD in higher, adult, and lifelong education at Michigan State University; in her role at Mary Baldwin University, Seestedt-Stanford is helping create the overall vision and mission for the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences, leading the development of new academic programs, attracting and recruiting new faculty, and creating partnerships — within the college community and beyond.

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