Alice Goodwin Receives Extraordinary Award from Mary Baldwin University

October 17, 2001

Last Friday, Alice Tolley Goodwin (Mary Baldwin ’66) of Richmond became the second recipient of Mary Baldwin University’s Bertie Murphy Deming Distinguished Service Award. The award, established and last presented in 1997, was from the start intended to be given very rarely. It is reserved for those who have provided extraordinary service to Mary Baldwin University over a significant period of time.

Mrs. Goodwin was honored at a black tie dinner on the college campus on October 12, where she was presented with the award medallion. Attending were donors who gave at least $10,000 to the college’s Leadership Initiative Campaign, which raised over $58 million in the largest fund-raising effort completed to date by a women’s college in Virginia. Also present were members of the college’s Board of Trustees, Alumnae Board, and Advisory Board of Visitors.

In announcing the award, Mary Baldwin President Cynthia H. Tyson said, “This award is unique in both its purpose and its history. It recognizes individuals who have a vision for Mary Baldwin and carry out that vision through continued extraordinary service to the college. Tonight’s award goes to an individual who showed us her conviction in preserving the past and preparing for the future. Our honoree’s leadership not only spurred the decision to begin our campaign, but was the force behind its name, the Leadership Initiative. Her leadership inspired other women leader to join her vision in any way they were able.”

The medallion features the college seal on one side and the words, “Bertie Murphy Deming ’46 Distinguished Service Award” on the other. Now Bertie Murphy Smith, the award’s namesake was also the first recipient of the medallion.

In 1995, Mrs. Goodwin and her husband gave their first donation of $5 million, then anonymous, to Mary Baldwin University, requiring that their gift be matched by others and thus spurring the beginning of the Leadership Initiative Campaign. Their second gift of $5 million came in 1997, making their overall gift total $10 million. Their gifts, along with matching funds from other donors, paid for the magnificent rehabilitation and renovation of Mary Baldwin’s original building, the Administration Building, which was erected in 1844 and rededicated in October of 1998. As part of that same project, the McClung Residence Hall was renovated and modernized. Their gift also beautifully renovated the Martha S. Grafton Library, providing Internet access and advanced technological capabilities. It paid for science and technology initiatives including a wonderful new language laboratory, scientific equipment, and upgrades to the Pearce Science Center. It also provides starter money for a project Mary Baldwin has just begun, a new residential and office center for the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted. There will also be a professorship in math and science, and there is a $2 million endowment fund for scholarships in math and science because of them.

Comments Vice President Mark Atchison, “It is impossible to overemphasize what the Goodwins have done for Mary Baldwin University. Not only have they provided much needed and state-of-the-art capital improvements, but they have pointed the way for so many others who were inspired by their gifts.”

Mrs. Goodwin’s generosity has extended far beyond the Mary Baldwin University community. She and her husband have also supported Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Virginia, the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, the Massey Cancer Center, and the Robert E. Lee Council of the Boy Scouts of America. In 2000, Mr. And Mrs. Goodwin received the Philanthropist of the Year award from the Central Virginia Chapter of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives.

Mary Baldwin University excels in providing leadership training, character development and career preparation with a strong academic foundation. A multi-faceted liberal arts college, Mary Baldwin offers three residential programs for women – the Traditional Program for Women, the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, and the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership – as well as coeducational, non-residential bachelor’s and master’s degree 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.) 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 was 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 shelter a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

Mary Baldwin’s main campus is in Staunton, Virginia. Its regional centers, serving adult and graduate students, are located in Richmond, Charlottesville, Roanoke, and Weyers Cave, Virginia. A fifth center serving Northern Virginia will open in January 2002 in Sterling.