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Charles E. “Chuck” Davis III

Vice President of University Advancement

Charles E. “Chuck” Davis III

As vice president of university advancement, Charles E. “Chuck” Davis III is a member of the president’s cabinet and oversees alumni relations and fundraising for MBU.

A seasoned leader with more than 25 years in the higher and secondary education sectors, Davis brings a demonstrated record of exceptional success in building sustainable advancement programs.

“Mary Baldwin is a special place — with a rich history and creative approach to its future,” Davis said. “I am thrilled to lead the advancement team. It will be a joy to meet our alumni, parents, and friends in the coming months as together we work to advance the university.”

Davis has previously worked in global fundraising, building philanthropy programs at the Robert Gordon University Foundation in Aberdeen, Scotland, as chief executive officer from 2012–15, and most recently as director of strategic development at the International School of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. In each position he has helped facilitate the most significant gifts in the institution’s history and built processes and teams for sustained success.

Prior to this international work, Davis served from 2003–12 as the director of the Ever Elon campaign and assistant vice president for university advancement at Elon University. Over his 10-year tenure he served as the key architect of Elon’s largest comprehensive campaign, surpassing the $100 million goal and garnering a Grand Finalist Award in 2009 for campaign communications and events from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

Prior to his work at Elon, Davis served as interim president and director of development for the Medical Foundation of East Carolina University, and director of development at the Graduate School of North Carolina State University. Davis is a graduate of Furman University. He and his wife, Flora Hall Davis, have two daughters.


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Mary Cohill Harvey

Associate Vice President for Advancement and Campaign Director

Mary Cohill Harvey

Harvey’s deep knowledge of campaign positioning, strategy, and planning is informed by years of hands-on work as a frontline fundraiser, and a background in data analysis.

Her executive-level experience began with spending nearly six years as a principal gifts analyst and associate director of development at George Washington University — where she helped secure more than $200 million in philanthropic gifts for the school and supported the closure of her first billion-dollar comprehensive campaign. As the director of campaign planning for the University of Maryland (UMD), Harvey spearheaded another successful billion-dollar giving campaign. She went on to become senior director of board operations at UMD, where, among other duties, she provided strategic support for the board of trustees and managed its engagement activities.

Harvey left the 40,000-student behemoth not long after completing Cornell University’s Women in Leadership certificate program. She was attracted by Mary Baldwin’s (MBU) 180-year history of educational excellence and women-centric leadership — and its ability to expand its mission of empowerment to other marginalized communities.

Researching the success of MBU’s ongoing Empowers Campaign revealed “a tight-knit community composed of fiercely loyal alumni and students,” said Harvey. She was impressed by the way MBU’s high educational standards and student-first philosophy created lifelong bonds.

Harvey intends to build on that foundation in her new role.

“My goal is to support the advancement division through a strategic and practical approach that remains donor-centric and builds on the culture of philanthropy already present in the MBU community,” said Harvey.


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Smoogie B. Bell

Data Entry Specialist

Smoogie B. Bell

Smoogie Bell, after many years away, moved back to her native Staunton and joined Mary Baldwin’s advancement services team in 2015 as a Data Entry Specialist. Her responsibilities include (but are not limited to) gift processing and entry, donor appreciation correspondence, document conversion for storage and retrieval, and mentoring advancement services’ student workers.

She has a degree in Graphic Design and Multimedia and is a freelance artistic photographer with specialized and hands on training in Graphic Design, Web Design and Document Imaging.

Smoogie served in and was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps where she became accustomed to surpassing expectations while successfully refining vitally important management and leadership skills based on integrity. These skills and principles have become steadfastly instrumental in her way of life and her civilian endeavors. She is the co-founder and vice president of the non-profit community-based group known as “The Seed”. She also serves as the graphic designer for the group. She is also a published poet and photographer.


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Megan McAllister

Assistant Director of Development

Megan McAllister

Megan McAllister joined the Mary Baldwin Advancement Department in June of 2017. She received her Masters of Education with a concentration in Adult Higher Education from Mary Baldwin. As a Staunton native, she is excited to be a part of the alumni family.

Megan earned her Bachelors of Science in Liberal Studies from Bridgewater College where she graduated Cum Laude. In 2014 she was awarded the Teacher of Promise Institute Award. Megan has presented at the VDOE All-Starr Showcase featuring her studies on literacy.

Megan has a long history of serving the Staunton and Augusta County community through her time as a public school teacher, to serving on the Session at First Presbyterian Church, to her volunteering with local Future Farmers of America Chapters. While a member of Buffalo Gap High School’s  FFA Chapter, she served as the Augusta-Highland FFA Federation President, competed in many Career Development Events, and earned her National FFA American Degree.