First Lady of Ohio, Hope Taft to Receive Award at Mary Baldwin University

May 15, 2001

Mrs. Hope Taft, First Lady of Ohio, will receive the Community Service Award from the Mary Baldwin University Alumnae Association at the Alumnae Awards Ceremony, Friday, May 18, in Hunt Dining Hall at 7 p.m. as part of Homecoming/Commencement Weekend.

The Community Service award was established in 1986 to honor those alumnae of Mary Baldwin University who have provided distinguished and outstanding volunteer service to their communities, and who have brought honor to their alma mater through their services.

Over the past twenty-five years, Mrs. Taft has volunteered and served on boards of more than two dozen arts, civic, and service organizations. She is a co-founder of Citizens Against Substance Abuse, Ohio Parents for Drug Free Youth, and the Ohio Alcohol and Drug Policy Alliance. She serves on the President’s Commission for Drug Free Communities and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment’s National Advisory Council. Mrs. Taft has received many awards for her volunteer efforts including the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Women of the Year Award, the J.C. Penney Golden Rule Award for outstanding volunteer service, the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award, the National Leadership Award from community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, and the Parent Award from Parents Resource Institute for Drug Education. She was inducted in the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame in 1996.

Taft attended Mary Baldwin University for two years and graduated from Southern Methodist University with a bachelor of Business Administration in 1966.

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.