Mary Baldwin Honors Retiring Faculty and Administration Members

April 20, 2001

Mary Baldwin University will recognize three faculty and administration members who have devoted a collective 79 years of service to the college. A retirement celebration hosted by President of Mary Baldwin Cynthia H. Tyson will honor the retirees at her home, located at 240 Kable St., Tuesday, May 1, from 4-5:30 p.m. The honorees include:

  • Dean James Lott, professor of English since 1964 and Dean of the College since 1986

  • Dr. Diane Ganiere, professor of psychology in the Baldwin Online and Adult Programs since 1982 and coordinator of the Blue Ridge Community College regional Baldwin Online and Adult Programs center

  • Ms. Charlene Plunkett, loan services supervisor of the Martha S. Grafton Library since 1978

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 (M.A.T.) 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.