McNamee ’70 Elected ChairOf Mary Baldwin Board of Trustees

May 3, 2004

The Mary Baldwin University Board of Trustees has elected Louise Rossett McNamee ’70 its chair to succeed Claire ‘Yum’ Lewis Arnold ’69. The board has chosen other officers and has selected three new members: a decorated veteran of the Gulf War, a corporate executive, and an educator who has specialized in gifted students.

McNamee, who has been vice chair and headed the search committee that recommended Pamela Fox as Mary Baldwin’s president, is a much-honored advertising pioneer and a partner in Messner Berger McNamee Schmetterer Euro RSCG. A trustee since 1989, she earned a B.A. in English. She lives in New York City and London, England.

While a student, McNamee was on the Honors List, received the Marshall Moore Brice Prize for one of her poems, was editor of the literary magazine, received the Benn Memorial Scholarship for Creative Writing and the Cynthia Anna Durham Award, and was a part of Reader’s Theatre.

As an alumna, McNamee has been a visiting CEO, received the Mary Baldwin Career Achievement Award, and was a Smyth Leadership Lecturer. She was the graduation speaker twice – in 1985 and this spring. The recipient of virtually every major award in advertising, she was named by the Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges an outstanding alumna.

Elizabeth ?‘Betsy’ Newman Mason ’69, senior director of sales for Advantis in Norfolk, Virginia, where she lives, was chosen vice chair, and Cynthia Luck Haw ’79 of Richmond, former teacher and a board member since 1998, was re-elected secretary.

The following are new trustees:

Tracey L. Cones ’82 of Fairfax, Virginia, earned a B.A. in psychology. While at Mary Baldwin, she was the first African-American on the tennis team and was in ROTC. She commissioned into the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant. During a decade as a transportation and logistics officer, she served in Germany and led 235 soldiers in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in Kuwait. She is the recipient of the Bronze Star, the National Defense Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Overseas Ribbon. Cones also taught Army ROTC at Hampton University. She works with the National Museum of Natural History, part of The Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, D.C.

Jane Harding Miller ’76 of Larchmont, New York, managing director for General Re Corporate Finance Inc. in New York City, earned a B.A. in history and has a law degree from the University of Virginia. Miller has been a member of the Advisory Board of Visitors at Mary Baldwin.

Sue McDowell Whitlock ’67, an English major, is a former teacher and a former supervisor of gifted education for the Upper Dublin school district in Pennsylvania. Whitlock, of Lansdale, Pennsylvania, recently completed a term as president of the Mary Baldwin Alumnae/i Association. She earned an M.Ed. and an Ed.D. from Temple University and a Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility from Arcadia University. She is a recipient of the 1988 National Association for Gifted Children John C. Gowan Graduate Student Award.