South Boston Regional Center to Kick Off First Year

October 27, 2004

Mary Baldwin University’s Baldwin Online and Adult Programs marked its 28th anniversary this year, but the new regional center in South Boston ‘ which opened with its first students this fall ’ has kept the program fresh. The public is invited to explore the college’s offerings with faculty, staff, and students at the center’s grand opening 5:30 p.m. November 16.

“Students are working hard to accomplish their goals,” said Roger Wilborn, director of the South Boston regional center. “For some, the struggle is more difficult than others, but they are all coming through.”

Eleven students are enrolled at the South Boston Center, bringing the total number of Baldwin Online and Adult Programs students to nearly 1,200 at five regional centers and on the main campus in Staunton. The South Boston center was originally set up to address the statewide teacher shortage, focusing on the requirements for teacher certification. In South Boston, Mary Baldwin offers undergraduate majors in history, English, sociology, psychology, religion, philosophy, and a combination of psychology and sociology to prepare for teacher licensure. The center recently added courses in communication, political science, and business.

Students at the South Boston center, about 130 miles south of Staunton, can take classes online or through independent or group tutorials. Students who live in the Southside region are also eligible for tuition assistance through the Virginia Tobacco Commission.

Jeffrey Buller, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college, and Nancy Krippel, dean of adult and graduate programs, will make brief remarks and answer questions at the grand opening.

Students will be available to interview at the grand opening. South Boston Regional Center Director Roger Wilborn can be reached at (434) 572-5472, or call the Baldwin Online and Adult Programs main office in Staunton at (540) 887-7003, or, toll free, 1-800-822-2460.