New Chief Academic Officer Named at Mary Baldwin University

March 22, 2001

On July 1, 2001, Dr. Jeffrey L. Buller will take the reins as Dean of the College. Dr. James D. Lott, who currently holds the position, retires at the end of this academic year. As Dean of the College, Dr. Buller will be the chief academic officer, providing leadership for all undergraduate and graduate degree programs of Mary Baldwin University. He will hold the faculty position of Professor of History.

Dr. Cynthia H. Tyson, President of Mary Baldwin University, named Dr. Buller to the position following an extensive national search conducted by a campus-wide search committee. “The Dean of the College is a critical role at Mary Baldwin University,” she comments. “We interviewed six impressive and capable people, any of whom would have succeeded. But the shining star among them was Dr. Buller. All our college constituencies agreed that he is a perfect match for Mary Baldwin and an outstanding academic leader and scholar. We welcome him with enthusiasm and great anticipation.”

Dr. Buller comes to Mary Baldwin University from Georgia Southern University, where he has been Acting Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and tenured Professor of Classics. In his more than ten years there, he earned promotions from Assistant Dean to Associate Dean and, in 1999, to Acting Dean. His accomplishments there include expanding professional development opportunities for faculty, overseeing the establishment of a $2.8 million scholarship endowment, and working with faculty on curriculum development.

Dr. Buller holds a bachelor’s degree in modern and classical languages from the University of Notre Dame, and earned both his master’s and doctoral degrees in classics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His research interests include Latin language and literature, effective teaching of the classics, and opera. A 1997 Fulbright Fellow to Germany, in 1996 he was honored with the “Ovatio” award for distinguished service by the Classical Association of the Middle West and South.

“My wife and I are both delighted,” says Dr. Buller. “We are looking forward to being there at Mary Baldwin and in Staunton.”

Dr. Buller is married to Dr. Sandra McClain, currently Professor of Music/Voice and chair of the vocal/choral program at Georgia Southern University. She has given recitals and performed in operas and oratorios throughout the country with, among others, the Brooklyn Opera Society, Lake George Opera, the Middlesex Opera Company, and the Virginia Festival of the Performing Arts. The Bullers have two daughters.

Mary Baldwin University is a multi-faceted liberal arts college based in Staunton, Virginia, with regional centers in Charlottesville, Richmond, Roanoke and Weyers Cave, Virginia. Baldwin offers three residential programs for women – the Traditional Program, the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, and the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership – as well as coeducational, non-residential Adult Degree and master’s programs. Mary Baldwin offers the B.A. and/or the B.S. in 32 majors, the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) with K-8 emphasis, the Master of Letters (M.Litt.) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance, and post-graduate teaching licensure (PGTL). The oldest women’s college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., Mary Baldwin was founded in 1842 and is also the first women’s college to be granted a circle of the national leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa. It is one of only 262 colleges and universities to house a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

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