Donovan Appointed to State Board of Health

October 25, 2002

Jean M. Donovan, associate professor of healthcare administration and political science at Mary Baldwin University and a member of Staunton City Council, has been appointed by Governor Mark Warner to the State Board of Health.

“In this period of diminished state resources, the oversight function of these boards and commissions has become even more important,” Warner said. “I appreciate the time, energy and expertise these individuals will bring to their new roles.”

The board, according to its mission, provides leadership in planning and policy development for the commonwealth and the state Department of Health to implement a coordinated, prevention-oriented program that promotes and protects the health of all Virginians.

Donovan earned a B.A. from Wheaton College, an M.S. in nursing from Pace University, and an M.A. in public administration and a Ph.D. in American government from the University of Virginia. She has been a Staunton City councilwoman since 1998 and has been with Mary Baldwin University since 1991. She previously worked with the UVa Medical Center and Kings Daughter’s Hospital. She won a John Heinz Dissertation of the Year Award from the National Academy of Social Insurance.

Mary Baldwin University, with a main campus in Staunton, Virginia, and five regional centers, excels in providing leadership training, character development, and career preparation with a strong academic foundation. A master’s level university, Mary Baldwin offers three undergraduate 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, nonresidential bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. Mary Baldwin offers the B.A. and/or the B.S. in more than 30 majors, the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), the Master of Letters (M.Litt.) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance, and post-graduate teacher 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.