Mary Baldwin Alumna to Receive Sullivan Award

April 19, 2001

Georgeanna Bates Chapman will receive the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award at Mary Baldwin University, April 25, at 2:30 p.m. in the Office of President Cynthia H. Tyson.

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award is one of the highest awards given to a non-student at Mary Baldwin. The award is given in recognition of fine spiritual qualities, practically applied to daily living, success in business, professional ability, or political leadership. The award has been given annually by the college since 1933.

Chapman, a native of Nashville, TN, graduated from Mary Baldwin in 1968 with a degree in philosophy and religion. She is the founder of Book ‘Em, an organization devoted to opening the world of reading to children. Chapman is a loyal alumnae to Mary Baldwin having served as chairman of annual giving for her class. She has served as a volunteer and in leadership positions for various community organizations in the Nashville area.

Mary Baldwin University is a multi-faceted liberal arts college in Staunton, Virginia, with 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 (MAT) with K-8 emphasis, the Master of Letters (M.Litt.) 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.