Yesterday, July 18, 2001, an impressive group of women gathered in Richmond to announce the final total for the Leadership Initiative Campaign begun in July of 1995. A goal of $50,000,000.00 was announced in 1999. By June 30, 2001, Mary Baldwin University, its alumnae, and friends raised a grand total of $58,385,734.12. President of the College, Dr. Cynthia H. Tyson, Charlotte Jackson Berry, Chair of Phase II of the campaign, Claire Lewis Arnold, Chair Mary Baldwin University Board of Trustees and Chair of Phase I of the campaign, and Bertie Murphy Deming Smith, who gave the largest gift of the campaign, shared their insight on the success during the press conference.
The campaign began with a ‘mini-campaign’ to raise $20 million, spurred by an initial (then anonymous) $5 million gift from Alice Tolley and William Goodwin. Their donation was later doubled in 1997 for a total of $10 million. With their donation and others from the Carpenter Foundation, the Jessie Ball duPont Foundation, The Malone Family Foundation, the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC), Anna Kate Reid Hipp, Mr. And Mrs. Lyle E. Koogler, Mr. And Mrs. William Morris (Morris Communications), Margaret Pollard Rea, H. Gordon and Mary Elizabeth Reed Smyth and many others, Mary Baldwin University was able to far surpass their initial goal.
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.