Andrea Cornett-Scott, director of African American affairs and multicultural understanding for Mary Baldwin University, has been named dean of African American and multicultural affairs.
“Andrea’s work with African American and Latina students has had a positive impact on the campus,” said Douglas E. Clark, vice president of enrollment management. “This title change reflects the significance of her efforts and the importance we place on her dedicated service to our students.”
Cornett-Scott came to Mary Baldwin as the director of African American affairs in 1996. She added multicultural understanding, which has led to the creation of such campus groups as Latinas Unidas, an organization dedicated to learning about and sharing Latin-American heritage; Umoja, a collective designed to lend emotional, cultural, and social support to African American women; Anointed Voices of Praise a student-directed, traveling, music ministry promoting spiritual growth while fostering an appreciation of traditional and contemporary gospel music; and the Caribbean Club, which embraces students’ Caribbean heritage. Cornett-Scott also organizes events for Black History Month and advises the Black Student Alliance.
Cornett-Scott holds a B.A. in Spanish from Morris Brown College in Atlanta, and a M.Div. from Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce, Ohio. She is pastor at Christ Our Redeemer African Methodist Episcopal Church in Staunton. She has been in the ministry for 25 years and began Christ Our Redeemer two years ago because she said she “recognized that students needed more opportunities for expressing their faith.” She and her husband, Dr. Edward Scott, associate professor of philosophy at Mary Baldwin, live in Staunton. They have three children: Jacob, Naima, and Ellington, and three grandchildren, Azure, Marquis, and Victoria.