Presbyterian Church Honors President Tyson

April 9, 2003

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has named Mary Baldwin President Cynthia H. Tyson one of this year’s recipients of its Higher Education Award.

The award honors those who have made outstanding contributions to the church’s mission of higher education. The church noted Tyson’s nearly two decades as president of an academically strong institution that encourages character development and leadership. The awards will be presented at the church’s national General Assembly gathering in Denver next month.

Founded in 1842, Mary Baldwin is the oldest women’s college in America historically associated with the Presbyterian Church. Founder Rufus W. Bailey was a Presbyterian minister.

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). Mary Baldwin 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.