Mary Baldwin Appoints New Faculty Members

October 12, 2004

Mary Baldwin announces the appointment of the following new faculty members and adjunct faculty members:

Full-Time Appointments:

Dr. Gauri S. Rai has been appointed associate professor of social work. Rai has a B.A. and M.A.S. from Kashi Vidyapith University in Uttar Pradesh, India, and his MSW from St. Louis University in Missouri, and his Ph.D. in social work from Rutgers University in New York. He comes to Mary Baldwin from James Madison University where he was an associate professor in the Social Work Department.

Amy J. Tillerson has been appointed the director of the Institute for Decisive Events in American History, a project funded through a grant from the Teaching American History Program of the Department of Education. She is also an instructor of history. She earned her B.A. in English from Virginia Tech along with her master’s in education and student personal services. She is a doctoral candidate in history from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. Tillerson was recently director of the African American Heritage Program of Virginia Foundation for the Humanities in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Dr. Jacquelyn Bessell has been appointed assistant professor in the Master of Letters/Master of Fine Arts in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance program and in the theatre department. Bessell earned her B.A. in English language and literature from the University of Birmingham, England. She went on to earn her master’s in English and her Ph.D. in dramaturgy and dramatic literature from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. She comes to Mary Baldwin from the University of Utah Department of Theatre where she was an assistant professor in the Actor Training Program.

Dr. Roger E. Wilborn has been appointed assistant professor of education and director of Mary Baldwin University in South Boston, a regional center for the Baldwin Online and Adult Programs. Wilborn has a B.S. in church careers from Ferrum College, a M.Div. from Duke University Divinity School, and a doctor of ministry from Drew University in New Jersey.

New Adjuncts:

Pedro Rafael Aponte has been appointed adjunct professor of music. Aponte has his B.M. in flute performance from Instituto Universitario de Estudios Musicales in Venezuela, his M.M. in flute performance from James Madison University, and his M.A. in historical musicology from the University of Pittsburgh where he is also a Ph.D. candidate.

Rabbi Joseph M. Blair has been appointed adjunct professor of religion. He has his B.A. from the University of Virginia where he also received his master’s in computer sciences. He earned his J.D. from the Marshall-Wythe Law School at the College of William and Mary and he has his master’s in Hebrew letters from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Blair comes to Mary Baldwin from Temple House of Israel in Staunton, Virginia and Beth El Congregation in Harrisonburg.

David Gee has been appointed adjunct professor of music. He has his B.F.A. from Purchase College in New York, and his M.M. in violoncello performance from the Yale School of Music. Gee joins Mary Baldwin from the University of Memphis and the Memphis Symphony.

David L. Tate has been appointed adjunct professor of music. He earned his B.S. in music education from Bridgewater College. Tate comes to Mary Baldwin from Verona Elementary School.

Yusri Zaro has been appointed adjunct professor of Arabic. He has his B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Technology in Egypt, and his M.B.A. from California State University, San Bernadino. He joins Mary Baldwin from Averett University.