DAR To Honor President Tyson with Americanism Medal

January 2, 2003

The Daughters of the American Revolution have chosen Mary Baldwin President Cynthia Haldenby Tyson for one of the organization’s highest awards: the Americanism Medal, given to naturalized citizens who have shown extraordinary leadership, trustworthiness, service, and patriotism. Tyson, born, reared, and educated in England, will receive the honor Wednesday, January 15, at 4 p.m. in Hunt Lounge in the Lyda B. Hunt Dining Hall, where a reception will follow.

Tyson earned a Ph.D. in English language and medieval English literature at the University of Leeds, England, where she also completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Tyson came to the United States as a Fulbright scholar and lecturer and went on to a distinguished career in higher education in this country, becoming a U.S. citizen.

Before coming to Mary Baldwin, Tyson was vice president for academic affairs and chief academic officer at Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina. She holds certificates in Management Development for College and University Administrators from Harvard’s Institute for the Management of Lifelong Education and the Institute for Educational Management.

The first female president of the Rotary Club of Staunton, Tyson has been active in her community through service on many boards including those of the Frontier Culture Museum; Shenandoah Shakespeare; and SAW, the Community Foundation of Staunton, Augusta County, and Waynesboro.