Mary Baldwin Trustee Chair to Speak at 156th Commencement

May 14, 1998

STAUNTON – Anna Kate Reid Hipp, chair of the Mary Baldwin University Board of Trustees, will provide the keynote address at Mary Baldwin’s 156th commencement at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 24, on the Page Terrace of the Martha S. Grafton Library.

“Our students wanted Mrs. Reid to speak at their graduation because, as an alumna, she is a woman of achievement, a strong and positive role model, and an unfailing supporter of Mary Baldwin University” said Marsha Mays, Mary Baldwin’s acting dean of students. “We are truly fortunate to have her as our guest speaker this year.’

Mrs. Hipp, of Greenville, S.C., earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Mary Baldwin in 1963. Named to the Mary Baldwin Board of Trustees in 1972, she has served as its chairman since 1994. Mrs. Hipp was the first woman and the first Mary Baldwin alumna to serve as chair of the board of trustees.

In the early 1980s, Mrs. Hipp served as a member of the National Development Council of Mary Baldwin’s New Dimensions Capital Campaign. She has served Mary Baldwin as a class agent for the Annual Fund and as an admissions volunteer. She is also an active civic leader in many South Carolina organizations including the Nature Conservancy and Greenville Junior League.

Mrs. Hipp serves a director of the Museum Association of the Greenville County Art Museum, Friends of Brookgreen Gardens, the South Carolina Center for Family Policy, the Family Research Foundation and the Peace Center for the Performing Arts.

In 1994, Mrs. Hipp received the Philanthropic Award from Mary Baldwin for her leadership as national co-chair of the college’s successful $37 million sesquicentennial campaign. Also in 1994, she was a co-recipient of the Emily Wirsing Kelly Leadership Award.

Mary Baldwin University, founded in 1842, is a four-year, liberal arts college for women located in Staunton, Va. Mary Baldwin offers the B.A. and/or B.S. in 32 majors as well as the M.A.T. degree. The oldest women’s college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., Mary Baldwin was also the first women’s college to be granted a circle of the national leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa. The college also has a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society.