MBU Online and Graduate
Admissions and Advising Staff

800-822-2460; baldwinadmit@marybaldwin.edu

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Dr. Erika Davis

Assistant Vice President

Dr. Erika Davis

Hometown: West Chester, PA

At MBU since: August 2018

Why MBU?
It has a 41 year history in distance education in Virginia that we’re excited to take to the nation!

Favorite part of her job:
Sharing with the country what MBU Online and Grad has to offer, including our signature MFA in Shakespeare & Performance Program. It’s only one of six in the United States.

Our application is free, apply today and lets us show you the Mary Baldwin experience.

540-887-7021

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Ashley Buchanan

Director of Admissions Operations

Ashley Buchanan

Hometown: Lexington, VA

At MBU since: July 2001

Why MBU?
It’s my alma mater. I love MBU’s friendly and inviting atmosphere.

Favorite part of her job?
Helping students further their education. Reach out to me to learn more!

540-887-7128

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Billy Saulle

Assistant Director of Operations

Billy Saulle

Hometown: Charlottesville, VA

At MBU since: 2016

Why MBU?
I love the sense of community we have here at MBU.

Favorite part of his job?
The experience of working with each and every student through the admission process makes the job unique. I love feeling that I helped a student make the choice to attend Mary Baldwin.

540-767-6170

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Greg Anderson

Assistant Director of Admissions

Greg Anderson

Hometown: Moultrie, GA

At MBU since: August, 2015

I graduated from Colorado Technical University after attending West Point in prior years. I am a veteran of the US Army, serving with the 11th Signal Brigade. I enjoy helping students further their education, especially veterans, military dependents, and military spouses. Please let me know how I can help you reach your education goals!

804-282-9111

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Ashley Miles

Assistant Director of Admissions

Ashley Miles

I’m from Goochland, VA. I graduated from Ferrum College in 2011. I understand that making the decision to go back to school can be a daunting task and I enjoy aiding students throughout the enrollment process. Are you ready to start your journey?

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Sandra Bagbey

Academic Advisor of Criminal Justice, CBPS

Sandra Bagbey

Why MBU?
It’s small and student-centered.

At MBU since 2008

Favorite part of your job?
Helping students plan the courses needed for the degree and working with them as they move toward graduation.

What’s your best advice for someone considering going back to school?
Once a student decides on the degree that is best for them, make a plan that is realistic.

540-767-6172

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Sharon Barnes

Academic Advisor of Business, Marketing & Communications, CBPS

Sharon Barnes

Hometown: Roanoke, VA

When you started working at MBU: 1986 as an adjunct; 1997 academic advising

Why MBU?
I believe in the power of a liberal arts education and prefer working for a small institution.

Favorite part of your job?
Seeing the transformation of students as they progress toward their degrees.

What’s your best advice for someone considering going back to school?
Set goals and reward yourself along the way!

540-887-7127

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Ellen Lucius

Academic Advisor of Autism Spectrum & Applied Behavior Analysis, CEO

Ellen Lucius

Hometown: Mequon, Wisconsin

When you started working at MBU: July, 2011

Why MBU?
It’s small and friendly with personalized advising. You can also work directly with professors instead of through teaching assistants like at bigger universities.

Favorite part of your job?
I like building relationships with prospective and current students as they work to meet their goals.

What’s your best advice for someone considering going back to school?
Follow your heart to pursue what you want to do.

804-282-9162

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Kerry Mills

Assistant Professor of Art History and Academic Advisor

Kerry Mills

Hometown: Richmond, Virginia

When you started working at MBU: 2001 teaching and Faculty Adviser

Why MBU?
I have always valued a liberal arts education, personalized attention and small classes in education. At MBU, all three of these things are important.

Favorite part of your job?
I find walking alongside students as they journey to meet their educational and personal goals very rewarding.

What’s your best advice for someone considering going back to school?
State your educational goals, make a list of what you need to do to meet those goals, carefully research colleges or universities to find the one that is just right for you, and make sure the time is right for you to embark on this very exciting and demanding journey.

540-767-6173

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Dianna Parrish

Academic Advisor of Social Work, SBPS

Dianna Parrish

Hometown: Roanoke, VA

When you started working at MBU: In 2014, I started as an adjunct professor teaching Social Work, & in 2015, I became an advisor.

Why MBU?
I have always enjoyed teaching, and I wanted classes with a smaller number of students so I can work more closely with each..

Favorite part of your job?
Watching students complete their education & being hired in their field.

What’s your best advice for someone considering going back to school?
Make school a priority if you decide that this is the right time for you.

540-255-2033

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Kari Salois

Academic Advisor of First Semester Success

Kari Salois

When you started working at MBU: 2011

Why MBU?
I’m an alumna and believe in MBU’s mission of empowering compassionate changemakers.

Favorite part of your job?
Working with students to help them figure out their path to achieving their dreams.

What’s your best advice for someone considering going back to school?
When you’re ready to go back, make sure you are realistic about how much time you can commit to school and let that determine how many classes you take on a time.

540-255-4468

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Susan Schmeissing

Academic Advisor of Healthcare Administration, Health Sciences, CBPS

Susan Schmeissing

Hometown: Staunton, VA

When you started working at MBU: May 2003

Why MBU?
Opportunity to complete my graduate degree with flexible options that fit you.

Favorite part of your job?
Seeing students achieve their education goals..

What’s your best advice for someone considering going back to school?
Let us know how we can help you get started!

540-887-7125

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Virginia Trovato

Director of Advising, MBU Online Special Students

Virginia Trovato

Hometown: Staunton, VA

When you started working at MBU: 2011

Why MBU?
As a small university we have great faculty and staff who really care about our students.

Favorite part of your job?
Watching students process down the hill at graduation having completed their goals!

What’s your best advice for someone considering going back to school?
The hardest part is getting started. Once you have a plan and get into a rhythm it becomes second nature.

540-453-2345

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Marion Ward

Academic Advisor of Psychology, Sociology, A&S

Marion Ward

Hometown: Staunton VA

When you started working at MBU: late 80’s but starting full time as Assistant Dean of Students in 1990 and many varied roles since!

Why MBU?
Have been able to craft interesting positions and work with great colleagues and students.

Favorite part of your job?
Getting to support courageous hardworking students creating their futures.

What’s your best advice for someone considering going back to school?
Ask questions! Talk with us! That’s why we’re here. We can help you figure out how to get where you want to go.